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Catalina State Park

11570 Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ
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Ranked #14 of 176 Attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Traveler Description: Catalina State Park has something for: 1.  The kids (they love it when the water is running) 2.  Birders 3.  Equestrians 4.  Pic-nickers 5.  Serious... more »
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Gainesville, FL
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201 reviews 201 reviews
20 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The scenery is beautiful, but beware of the four-legged and crawling creatures lurking around the park. The last time I was there we encountered a 10' rattlesnake that even the park rangers wouldn't mess with, it just crawled across the road at its own pace. The coyotes generally don't bother humans, but don't press your luck, just give them a... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We have stayed at the campground several times in our fifth wheel. The ground is level and all parking places are tarred. The bathrooms/showers are always very clean. It is a noce getaway for us for short term stays. There is 20/30/50 amp service and water at all sites. The only down side is there is no sewer hook up.... More

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Tucson, Arizona
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Great place in spring and fall for hikes. Spring in Catalina is famous for its beautiful wildflower display. Beside hiking trails there are single trails for mountain biking as well.

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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you enjoy nature and like to hike then the Catalina State Park is the place to go. Have a picnic, wade in the water, take pictures galore you can even have a wedding there it is the perfect place for any nature lover. Just leave it is you see it!

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Tucson, AZ
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

So many different hikes. All levels. Spring is awesome, but after monsoon rains new flowers to enjoy. Like their Friday night entertainment by local artists.

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Catalina State Park has some beautiful views worth seeing for anyone going through Tucson Arizona. It has gorgeous views of the mountains with really well cared for hiking trails. Saguaros add a beautiful touch to the landscape, not overwhelming it. I saw the coolest barrel cactus's in bloom. The variety of cactus was something we could appreciate, a little bit... More

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East Lansing, Michigan
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It's quite rocky and there's not much shade until you get close to the pools, but it's a great hike - if it's not too hot!

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Tucson, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The views will knock your socks off, and there are hiking trails from easy to expert. Looking at the park from the nearby commercial mecca in Oro Valley, you'd never know how close a real wilderness experience is until you start walking into the Catalina foothills. A gem!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Even if you're not an enthusiastic hiker, you should go for a walk here. The park shows off the desert by giving you close-up exposure to saguaro, and everything else that makes the Sonoran desert so special. Plants, wildlife, and the most spectacular views of the Catalinas in all their splendor. I always find that even a short walk here... More

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