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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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Fall and Spring camping

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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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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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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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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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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Oro Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Such a pretty park! My husband and I live close by, but had never visited until recently. We were in for a surprise! There are beautiful trails, creeks full of water, shade trees, waterfalls and swimming holes if you hike far enough. Who would have known! A must to see. Be sure and go when the weather is nice :)

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Oracle, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Had a Revival for Easter Morning which hikers had spoke how GREAT they had enjoyed it,We loved the challenge on how far we would get on our Trail,, wonderful views.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A hike in this beautiful setting is like getting a massage for the mind and heart! Our favorite trail is the Romaro Trail. Take a camera and enjoy some of the most vistas you have ever seen!

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

If you're looking for an easy hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, try the Romero Ruin Trail. At over 9,000 feet, the Catalina Mountains make an impressive backdrop to your walk in the wild desert about 6,000 feet below. This one-mile long trail is named after a mid-1800s settler who erected stone buildings for his home and ranch. Interpretive signage... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This park is probably the most comforting place in the city area. It has that feel of being out in the country yet it sits in the city. You can picnic, ride your horse, hike or just go there to lay on a blanket and read. I have taken my family from Michigan there for picnics. It was my dad's... More 

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Address: 11570 Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ
Phone Number: 520-628-5798
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson

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