The Camp

Only an hour and a half from Tucson and two hours from Phoenix, the Triangle Y Ranch Camp is located in the northern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. At a 5000 foot elevation, the camp’s 400 acres provide beautiful scenery and ample facilities. Dance on our custom-made, resilient wood floor, and enjoy the amazing view of the San Pedro river valley from the dining hall. Hike and explore the surrounding Coronado National Forest in the Arizona sunshine.

Check-in opens at 4:00 p.m. on Friday the 10th of November, 2017. Camp begins with supper, followed by a dance. Start Saturday with a hearty breakfast, then prepare for a full day of workshops for dancers, singers, and musicians. Saturday night’s gala dance will be followed by late night jamming & dancing. Sunday morning features more music and dance, and the weekend concludes with a dance after lunch on Sunday. Camp closes at 5:00 p.m.


The Early Bird Special is an opportunity for us to get some help preparing for camp, while we offer you a chance to socialize and get a preview of the great music and dance in store for you during camp. You can get in some extra dancing, jamming, or hiking time. Many of the staff and our talented local folks will be there. There is a $20 charge that helps offset what the Y-Camp charges for our EBS time (including fountain drinks,) plus we provide three meals; dinner on Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday. Space is limited and registration will be first come, first served. EBS is on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Please arrive at 1pm ready to start your assignment.


A favorite Saturday evening event during camp, our raffle helps offset the cost of producing Dance In The Desert. Contribute by donating items you know others would be happy to have. Wonderful hand made soap, fine pottery, hand made walking sticks, beautiful embroidered wall hangings, and lovely home made skirts are only a few of the things offered and available at a fraction of their cost by purchasing raffle tickets! Contact Bev Dandurand at with any questions.

Clothing Exchange

Please bring any clothes you feel are no longer "you" and that you'd like to see reused.

Making It Happen

Other than the guest artists, Dance in the Desert is entirely run by volunteers. Each camper is asked to do one chore at camp. Let us know in advance if you have any special needs or talents.

A limited number of partial work scholarships are available for those needing financial assistance. E-mail scholarship requests to Liz Healy at Please note on the application form if you wish to request a work scholarship.

Consideration will be given to gender balance.


Rustic cabins each house up to twelve campers in bunks and share nearby rest rooms and shower houses. Cabins are designated family, mixed-gender, or single gender, and will be available on a first-come basis at camp.  Some handicapped accommodations are available. There is plenty of space for tent camping and RV parking. Please note the Y requests any use of their electrical outlets be at a minimum. It'd be really sad to have the power go out at our dance hall. Off site accommodations are also available.

A few private rooms are available on a first come first serve basis at an additional cost. Each private room includes a full bath.

Six hearty meals (Friday supper through Sunday lunch) plus delightful snacks will be provided. There is a vegetarian option.

No childcare will be provided. Parents are responsible to monitor their children’s safety.