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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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There is evidence that the park and surrounding area have been continuously occupied since about 5000 BCE by the Hohokam people. The Romero Ruin still contains pueblos built of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Mossoro, RN
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

There is evidence that the park and surrounding area have been continuously occupied since about 5000 BCE by the Hohokam people. The Romero Ruin still contains pueblos built of rock and adobe, as well as a Mesoamerican ballcourt. The earliest date the pueblo would have been lived in is between 550–600 CE. The site was widely utilized for nearly 400... More 

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Roseville, ca
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful campground. We stayed in our fifth wheel and it felt like we were way outside the city, yet all amenities were right outside the main gate. Friendly staff, especially the hiking club we hooked up with for a nice hike. We even saw a roadrunner for the first time. The sunsets on the mountains were spectacular.

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Chicago, IL
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The Birding trail was nice but a bit confusing on the return trip. There was a loop in the middle of the trail. It's enough to disorientate you if you are not good with directions. Fortunately there were other hikers to point us in the right directions. Camping sites were barren, desert vegetation. I didn't find it very inviting.

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Boise, Idaho
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Catalina State Park is a beautiful park in Oro Valley Arizona. There is a fee to enter the park. Once one is inside the park, there are a number of easy walking trails. We were there when some of the cactus was blooming and things were green. The vistas from the walking trails are stunning. If you are a birder,... More 

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Flower Mound, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This is such a scenic park with the Santa Catalina Mountains and the up-close-and-personal tall saguaro and other cacti. There are several well marked trails of varying skill levels available. One trail we took even had very old Indian ruins. Be sure to take your camera and plenty of drinking water!

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California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
22 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Lots of great trails-go early in the day, not only for the heat, but to avoid crowds. Did not experience the camping, but drove through and the sites are roomy and looks like it would be quiet.

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

My husband and I are locals and like to go to Catalina St. Park at least once a week to watch the sunset and relax. They have this perfect spot. It even has a bench. Great, clear views. You can see all the way to Picacho peak! Love it. <3

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I've been hiking in the Tucson area for decades, and Catalina State Park always beckons to me. It is easy to reach the main trail head. Just drive about 17 miles north of Tucson, turn into the park, pay the entrance fee, drive a short distance and there you are, ready to begin a walk or a hike, starting at... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I was here in mid-April and it was like being in the world's biggest cactus garden, filled with wildflowers and surrounded by mountains. The Birding Trail is a beautiful 1-mile loop taking you over several types of terrain to see a large variety of desert plants and some nice views of the mountains. There was so much to see that... More 

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the coast
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

From easy strolls to rugged climbing hikes, this place has them. A lot more crowded than it used to be, and their camping reservation system puts people on the road at a real disadvantage. Friendly staff, and hikers..

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