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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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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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Lots of critters (birds, squirrels, tadpoles, snake) and wildflowers

This park was an excellent choice, even in the summer heat (it was over 100 2 out of 3 days we were there). Heavy rains the week before our visit probably helped bring out the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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69 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This park was an excellent choice, even in the summer heat (it was over 100 2 out of 3 days we were there). Heavy rains the week before our visit probably helped bring out the wildlife. We took 3 different short-ish trails: Romero Ruins, Canyon Loop and Birding Loop. The Romero Ruins trail was the shortest (about 3/4 mile round-trip)... More 

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Frisco, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We were in town for a quick trip and wanted to get in a fun activity before heading out. Local family recommended the Romero Canyon Trail. We thoroughly enjoyed this hike and I was surprised at the amount of wildlife we encountered. Romero Pools was highly recommended by other hikers we encountered but we didn't have enough time to make... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Catalina has a variety of excellent desert hiking options from short easy loop hikes to challenging mountain hikes. In spring, wildflowers and birds are abundant.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

If you are an experienced, intermediate, or are just beginning hiking, you will find the park outstanding.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is a desert park on the north side of the Catalina Mountains. It is amazingly close to busy roads and shopping but is feels very remote due to its large size and distance from the main road. Check out birding, hiking, biking, special spots for those for equestrians. Explore the Romero ruins - an archeological site of an Hohokam... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This is one of our favorite state parks in the fall and spring. This state park is sufficiently close to Tucson for sightseeing. We frequently hike in the Catalina mountains. Showers are well maintained and the sites are fairly roomy. Never had a problem staying there. Check the state park website for activities on the weekend.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Better to be here at sunrise or anytime other than summer. Just north of Tucson, but full of life. During any given month, visitors see snakes, tortoises and mountain lions. Young children can earn junior ranger status here. Several trails to choose.

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Gainesville, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

So close to civilization you can pop out for lunch and a movie, but so beautiful and full of wildlife, Catalina State Park is always one of our stops when we visit Tucson. My husband and I spent a morning here this July, and we had a wonderful time walking the Bird and Nature Trails. A short trail starting on... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This park is practically in the city, so if you are looking for a good place to camp with easy access to the Tohono Chul , the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Saguaro National Park etc this could be just the spot for you. The camping is level, with electricity and lovely views, but a little short on shade. We have... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This park is such a great symbol of the Arizona desert and all the beauty it has to offer. Being so close to the mountains brings the kind of piece of mind so often needed in the world, and the history on the Hohokam village preserves native survival really well. For those who haven't had the honor of stopping by... More 

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