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Catalina State Park

Address: 11570 Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ
Phone Number: 520-628-5798
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Ranked #11 of 162 Attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This beautiful park north of Tucson is great for hiking, picnicking and other outdoors activities.
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This beautiful park north of Tucson is great for hiking, picnicking and other outdoors activities.

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Tucson, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Beautiful hike on the Romero Canyon trail to the pools and is now at the top of my list for favorite hikes in the Tucson area. It's about 5.6 miles round trip and quite a climb. My husband and I hadn't done much hiking recently so we got fairly winded going up and had to take a few breaks, but... More 

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Kogarah, Australia
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134 reviews 134 reviews
72 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Stopped here at the end of the day to enjoy the sunset and a picnic. Really like the diversity of the trails and the ability to find places to rest along the trails.

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nanoose bay, bc
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90 reviews 90 reviews
16 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Excellent afternoon hike to the pools and back. Special to see the Magnetite in the sand at the pools. Busy trail, but I think early am would be better. And probably a week day too. Did not stay this time at the park, but have camped here in the past. Great area to be. Want to go back and do... More 

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Boston
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

hiked up to the "pools". It was a 3 hour round trip hike, leaving a 15 - 20 minute rest at the pools.

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Tucson, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Our family spent about half of a day here. Packed water, snacks and protein bars. Went on the Canyon Loop Trail and it was interesting to see water flowing at many points during the trail. Also went on the short Romero Ruins Trail. Many interpretive signs along the route explaining how the Hohokam people used to reside here. Trail was... More 

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Kennewick, Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

There are many trails available to hike from Catalina State Park. I believe there is camping there too but we never go there for anything except to hike. There are options for relatively short hikes or long day hikes. Be advised that most everything is over rocky terrain and uphill. The higher you go the larger the boulders but the... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We enjoyed hiking for several hours with a packed lunch up to the pools. Although the pools are almost non existent and are not marked (that we could see) the hike was quite nice and about 9kms or so.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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48 reviews 48 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

we have always enjoyed this state park and have stayed here before.. It's centrally located to Tucson and easy access to lots of amenities just outside of the park. But since our last visit, they now really restrict the areas where you can hike or walk with a dog ( they started reintroducing big horn sheep ) so this limited... More 

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Dennis, Massachusetts
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109 reviews 109 reviews
28 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

If you want to do some hiking Catalina State Park is a great place to do it. Trails range from easy walks to challenging. The views from up high are magnificent and higher up there is the chance of seeing Big Horn sheep.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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117 reviews 117 reviews
28 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Go with a group and take your time. There are many options depending on the fitness of the people you travel with, but do take your time and enjoy all the sites and trails this park has to offer. You won;t be able to see it all in one day but make sure you enjoy what you are able to... More 

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