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Catalina State Park

11570 Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ
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Ranked #15 of 177 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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Capitola, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We arrived at Catalina just as an unseasonal rain storm was getting started. I'm glad we booked three nights because after a day and a half of rain we still had some time to explore. Riding our bikes around was great - mostly paved roads. Riding from the campground to the trail head was easy. There are a few trails... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The time of year was perfect - cool, but warm and sunny. The wildflowers carpeted a lot of open areas - lupines and mexican gold poppies led the way up into the mountains. Taking a path up into the Catalinas led to a fantastic surprise. After walking up an incline, the path veered suddenly downward - to a thundering waterfall... More

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Gainesville, FL
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206 reviews 206 reviews
22 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

My husband and I spent a week in Tucson this summer, and two of those mornings were spent at Catalina State Park. We had not planned to visit the park twice, but enjoyed ourselves so much the first day that we went back the following morning as well. Our primary reason for visiting Tucson was to see wildlife (in particular... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The scenery is beautiful, but beware of the four-legged and crawling creatures lurking around the park. The last time I was there we encountered a 10' rattlesnake that even the park rangers wouldn't mess with, it just crawled across the road at its own pace. The coyotes generally don't bother humans, but don't press your luck, just give them a... More

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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We have stayed at the campground several times in our fifth wheel. The ground is level and all parking places are tarred. The bathrooms/showers are always very clean. It is a noce getaway for us for short term stays. There is 20/30/50 amp service and water at all sites. The only down side is there is no sewer hook up.... More

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Tucson, Arizona
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Great place in spring and fall for hikes. Spring in Catalina is famous for its beautiful wildflower display. Beside hiking trails there are single trails for mountain biking as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you enjoy nature and like to hike then the Catalina State Park is the place to go. Have a picnic, wade in the water, take pictures galore you can even have a wedding there it is the perfect place for any nature lover. Just leave it is you see it!

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Tucson, AZ
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

So many different hikes. All levels. Spring is awesome, but after monsoon rains new flowers to enjoy. Like their Friday night entertainment by local artists.

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Catalina State Park has some beautiful views worth seeing for anyone going through Tucson Arizona. It has gorgeous views of the mountains with really well cared for hiking trails. Saguaros add a beautiful touch to the landscape, not overwhelming it. I saw the coolest barrel cactus's in bloom. The variety of cactus was something we could appreciate, a little bit... More

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East Lansing, Michigan
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24 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It's quite rocky and there's not much shade until you get close to the pools, but it's a great hike - if it's not too hot!

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