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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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Beautiful desert garden

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

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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Wooster, Ohio
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29 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

While it costs a little to get in, it is well worth the money. We were on our way to the wine festival but decided to stop and eat our picnic lunch at this state park. Many picnic tables, one restroom for everyone - And when we noticed the hiking paths and how long each of them were and what... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This park was a complete delight except for the fact that the maintenance crew waited til' the grasses headed out into foxtails before mowing them down resulting in dangerous foxtails lying all over the ground. Had to take my dog to the vet because foxtails can be deadly if they travel from point of entrance to the heart or brain... More 

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BC Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We just went on the birding trail. We really enjoyed the reptile display done by volunteers. What a thrill to see a Gila monster. The birds we saw were wonderful. We saw species we had never seen before. How nice that horses can use this trail. The riders were accomplished and polite. I would come to this park again.

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Tucson, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I have hiked here over 35 years. My favorite trail is the 3+ miles to Romero Pools. In my youth I jumped off the cliffs into the water. Pushing 60 now, I am content to sit and watch the youth of today do the same. The lower loop trail has water and an easy hike for the dog too! Plenty... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We did the Romero Pools hike. It said it was 2.3 miles from the trail head. Hmmmm......not sure how they measured the trail because it was 4 miles in. It was a steep trail that just kept going up and up and up. This did give you great views and it was worth the hike. But it's always nice to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

It costs a couple of bucks to get in but it is money well spent to help the state keep up this wonderful park. There are hard hikes (to the Pools) and easier hikes (the Canyon Trail) but the views are great from any location.

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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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89 reviews 89 reviews
10 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This state park just north of Tucson was a little bit small and not quite what we were looking for. Nevertheless we had a good time, as there are multiple scenic hiking trails that offer a variety of experiences. Some are longer than others but if all you’re interested in is a short hike to take in some scenery and... More 

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Warwick, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Seniors, young parents, children and everyone in between. You can take to the gentle inclines or the steep inclines. You can ride your horse or pack in your infants. This renaissance hike is the best all around in the Tucson area, and over 40 years of visiting, I have done most of them. 4.5 stars!

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