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Catalina State Park

11570 Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ
520-628-5798
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Ranked #15 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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Santa Monica, California, United States
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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117 reviews 117 reviews
22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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Tucson, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The views will knock your socks off, and there are hiking trails from easy to expert. Looking at the park from the nearby commercial mecca in Oro Valley, you'd never know how close a real wilderness experience is until you start walking into the Catalina foothills. A gem!

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Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
25 helpful votes 25 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
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215 reviews 215 reviews
47 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 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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11 helpful votes 11 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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