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Catalina State Park

11570 Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ
520-628-5798
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Ranked #14 of 178 attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Traveler Description: Catalina State Park has something for: 1.  The kids (they love it when the water is running) 2.  Birders 3.  Equestrians 4.  Pic-nickers 5.  Serious... more »
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Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Even if you're not an enthusiastic hiker, you should go for a walk here. The park shows off the desert by giving you close-up exposure to saguaro, and everything else that makes the Sonoran desert so special. Plants, wildlife, and the most spectacular views of the Catalinas in all their splendor. I always find that even a short walk here... More

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Tucson, AZ
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Another of the scenic wonders that makes Tucson different and which highlights the differences between Tucson and other desert cities like Las Vegas and Phoenix. It is awe inspiring.

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Tucson, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This park belongs to the State of Arizona. It is located northwest of the Catalina Mountains, but fairly close to Tucson. There is an admission fee, unfortunately, so I don't go visit as often as I'd like. There are a number of trails, of which I have hiked several. The birding and spring flowers are wonderful, and it has an... More

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Clermont, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We loved this campground. sights were great. Comfort stations were very clean and looked new and up to date. Campground is very close to the mountains so the view was awesome.

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Tucson, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

One of the best deals in town, and one of the most popular state parks in AZ. Have hiked here probably fifty times since I moved to Tucson (1997), and I never get tired of it. Have done the loop, Romero Pools, Sutherland trail, and various side trails from these. I've never been to CSP when there isn't water somewhere,... More

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Tucson, Arizona
Top Contributor
191 reviews 191 reviews
42 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We are not great hikers, but this park has a good number of trails we can manage. It has great views and some archeology. We buy an annual state park pass, as the location is just down the road from us.

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Tucson
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

My work has a retreat in which we go to Mount Lemmon and camp every summer. And before that, I have always seemed to go up there at least once a year, generally in the summer. A great escape from the heat of the city, generally weather is cooler up there and you cannot beat the scenery!

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Eureka, IL
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7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The park has trails to fit any fitness level, it was 102 the day we visited, so we stuck with the two smaller 1 mile loops and enjoyed them thoroughly. Great views, great wildlife watching, spent about 4 hours in the park and then watched sunset.

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The campgrounds have been great for Cub Scouts. Easy car camping and not too far from town. You feel like you are in another world! Hiking trails all around from leisure to moderate difficulty up to Romero Pools.

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Tucson, Arizona
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115 reviews 115 reviews
29 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This state park has a set of trails that most people can easily accomplish. They are fairly level and not much elevation to climb. The views of the Catalina Mountains are beautiful. You can pack a lunch and enjoy yourself on the trails. They also have some camping spots and a shop for small things. It makes a great place... More

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