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Catalina State Park

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Address: 11570 Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ
Phone Number: 520-628-5798
Description: This beautiful park north of Tucson is great for hiking, picnicking and...
This beautiful park north of Tucson is great for hiking, picnicking and other outdoors activities.
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Very nice visit

We visited this park while traveling throughout Arizona in our travel trailer. As expected, the park is very busy during the winter months. The campgrounds that offered electric... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We visited this park while traveling throughout Arizona in our travel trailer. As expected, the park is very busy during the winter months. The campgrounds that offered electric and water hookups were all full during our visit, but the park is very accommodating by utilizing their overflow group area with dry camping. We camped for three nights in the overflow... More 

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Marana, Arizona
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I have a year pass which I use mostly to clear my head with different scenery and to give my two dogs a different walk. I have yet to have a bad hike. Sometimes the water is flowing and you will get wet feet so consider shoes that can handle it and still be comfortable for some distance. Favorites with... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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258 reviews 258 reviews
87 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This is a great park for families and folks who are looking for a desert hiking experience that is not too heavy and who want a diverse landscape with great views. We regularly come to the park. Parking is plentiful and there are several hiking trails that are well marked and easy to access. Once on the trails there are... More 

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Fowlerville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

If you are in Tuscon and want to go hiking, take the scenic trail here! it seems like no one takes this trail and it is so amazing! Everyone wants to travel up the mountain but you are missing the small things on this trail!

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Erie, Colorado
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59 reviews 59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Catalina State Park is on the north side of Tucson, reached via Route 77 (Oracle Road), which is a commercial strip until the north side of town. If you need water and snacks for the hike, there are plenty of options, as there is only small snack shop at the trailhead. We hiked to the Romero pools during the afternoon,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a great area for hiking and mountain views! Also a nice area to drive through or to have a picnic at! Not much else to do there and it is great in the spring and fall, sometimes you see wildlife especially towards sunsset.

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Tucson
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great place for Spring hikes. Mountain views are great. Camping facilities are not quite so good but OK if you want to be near Tucson. No fires, no shade, OK facilities.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Head up in search of the Romero Pools for the perfect work out!! I hiked up solo and enjoyed passing others who were having a great time as well. This is a beautiful way to take in the vast beauty of the Tucson desert. If you are a novice hiker, this place is still the perfect place to explore as... More 

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Valencia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Recently stayed in Oro Valley close to this park and went for a morning hike. The Romero trail was easy to follow, mostly very dry except for the very beginning where we had to cross some ankle deep water left over from heavy rain the week before. We enjoyed the interpretive signs about the historic area, and also the walk... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Great place to camp, hike or picnic. Bring your family out here for a great day in the outdoors. Don't forget Fido because he is welcome too. Great views, nice hike, and water. You can't beat this place. It's a must see for your out of town guests.

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