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Catalina State Park

11570 Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ
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Ranked #12 of 121 Attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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Owner description: This beautiful park north of Tucson is great for hiking, picnicking and other outdoors activities.

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high springs fl
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

It was late in the day as the sun began it own persoal song of see you tomorrow. The montains reflected their magnetic arms as they stretched across her protected lands. One could hear the hussle of the desert creatures scurry acroos the warm sand as they hunted for food or returned to their bedding for the night. The silence... More

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This wonderful desert area was saved from commercial development by the Rancho Romero Coalition. Special thanks to Doug Shakel, Dave Siegel and Art Trevena. Also thank you to all the people and groups that came together to make this park possible.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We just returned from four nights trailer camping at Catalina State Park. The location has amazing views of the Catalina Mountains by day; Coyotes howling in the distance and starry skies at night. The park offers site for picnic, group picnic, tent camping and RV camping, with water and electricity available. (Dump stations available). Lots of hiking, biking and horse... More

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Cortaro, Arizona, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The sites provide everything you need except sewer, onsite dump station, Friendly rangers patrol frequently. Super clean showers Mountains topped with snows, rolling hills, in the surrounding natural landscape desert We will come again. They can get busy, especially on holiday weekends, so I recommend a reservation. Tent area are clean and watch our for natural insects like taranchula spider... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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327 reviews 327 reviews
20 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is the place to go for hiking. $7 admission per car is a bargain. The Canyon Loop Trail , about 2 miles long, was beautiful, and suitable for almost all ages. It has very little climbing and plenty of places to observe flowers, birds, and desert life. The scenery is awesome, the Saguaro old and majestic, and the air... More

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Bentonville, Arkansas
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

My parents moved to AZ over 20 years ago. I have been to Catalina State Park a number of times as I visited them through the decades. The entrance is literally only a few miles from where my parents live. There are different hiking trails based on your level of hiking. I'm not a hardcore hiker and really just go... More

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Littleton, Colorado
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90 reviews 90 reviews
28 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

If you have the legs, this park can do everything. Its amazing how lush and rugged this place can be so close to the city. In the evenings you can park and sit on benches and watch the stars. There are short trails easily negotiable for those who need flat broad trails. There is a great 2.8 mile hike (one... More

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Capitola, California
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31 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We arrived at Catalina just as an unseasonal rain storm was getting started. I'm glad we booked three nights because after a day and a half of rain we still had some time to explore. Riding our bikes around was great - mostly paved roads. Riding from the campground to the trail head was easy. There are a few trails... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The time of year was perfect - cool, but warm and sunny. The wildflowers carpeted a lot of open areas - lupines and mexican gold poppies led the way up into the mountains. Taking a path up into the Catalinas led to a fantastic surprise. After walking up an incline, the path veered suddenly downward - to a thundering waterfall... More

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Gainesville, FL
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207 reviews 207 reviews
22 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

My husband and I spent a week in Tucson this summer, and two of those mornings were spent at Catalina State Park. We had not planned to visit the park twice, but enjoyed ourselves so much the first day that we went back the following morning as well. Our primary reason for visiting Tucson was to see wildlife (in particular... More

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