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Catalina State Park

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Address: 11570 Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ
Phone Number: 520-628-5798
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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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Beautiful place

Very scenic place with a number of easy trails for hiking. Our favorite is the Canyon Loop trail which offers amazing scenery. As an added bonus, dogs are allowed on all trails... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Carlos G
Tucson, Arizona

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very scenic place with a number of easy trails for hiking. Our favorite is the Canyon Loop trail which offers amazing scenery. As an added bonus, dogs are allowed on all trails within the park boundary (not allowed when the trails cross into the National Forest) and have the opportunity to cool down while crossing the stream.

Thank Carlos G
Midland, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have hiked many times in the Catalina St. Park. One of the better hikes is to Romero Pools. Very nice hike, usually plenty of water at Romero Pools. Go during the week if you can, so you avoid all the extra weekenders.

Thank MidMIman
Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This park is on the north side of the Santa Catalina mountains. The trails are easy to follow. The stream was flowing and crystal clear. The aspens are a beautiful yellow. Horses are allowed to be ridden in the park. There is a $7.00 charge per vehicle. A year's pass can be had for $75.

Thank Richard H
Munster, Indiana
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26 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We arrived here sort of late in the afternoon. First of all there was an entrance fee of I think $7.00. The lady asked us what we were interested in doing so we said we just wanted to drive through and enjoy the views. Well she never said there wasn't much of a drive to see things and that the... More 

Thank Char S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Several of the trails required that we cross large streams, which was somewhat difficult. We found the shirt nature trail and ruins trails had no water issues, but Romero Falls was tough to get to. Like that you can fill your water bottle at the main trailhead. Cost per day is $7 and an annual pass is $75

Thank cjkines1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must see when visiting Tucson. Inexpensive visit to be "one" with many breathtaking views and hiking for all levels. If you prefer to birdwatch without a huge hike, you are all set. They have a trail for that too. Each season you see something new and exciting.

Thank Lee T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The park as a range of trails -- from fairly flat ones to long steep ones. The basic loop trail crosses a stream several times. At some times of year, your feet will definitely get wet. Bring sunscreen and water. Avoid 10am-4pm in summer.

Thank AZMerrie
Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love some of small trails offered at the park. Sometimes I would go after work for a small hike. It so pretty there and great for beginner hikers like me. After monsoon season its even more beautiful. Streams galore and green vegetation. Just be carful depending on month rattlesnakes are prevalent on some trails.

Thank crystal l
Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Wonderful hiking trails, pet friendly, great views, afforable. Star gazing at night every few months. Local astronomers set up their telescopes and share info.

Thank beths1957
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We took a friends motorhome here in May of 2015 and had the most wonderful experience. The Catalina Mountains are breathtaking from this park, which sits right at the base. The sunrise and sunsets are beyond incredible. You can spend hours just watching the antics of the gophers that populate the park. We had a fat one we named "chubbers"... More 

Thank James M

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