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Catalina State Park

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Address: 11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737-9589
Phone Number: 520-628-5798
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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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Such an unexpected place in the desert -- lush & verdant!

I came here for a hike with family. The people at the visitor center were nice and helpful. They had nice souvenirs and books or gifts connected with desert landscape and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
rockheathe
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Sacramento, California

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I came here for a hike with family. The people at the visitor center were nice and helpful. They had nice souvenirs and books or gifts connected with desert landscape and history. We took a shorter hike (Bird Loop?) since we were there with smaller kids. Everyone enjoyed themselves and were pleasantly surprised by how green it was and the... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Another local treasure at the opposite end of the Catalina Mountains from Sabino Canyon. Plenty of hiking and ample camping facilities. If you're looking for a workout, head up to Hutch's pool. It's a full day in & out but worth it. Must be in shape and carry water!

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Muskegon, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The best of two worlds -- this beautiful state park has a tranquil setting at the base of Catalina Mountain but after the mile or so drive down the entrance road you find yourself on Oracle Road with all the shopping and restaurants you could possibly want or need. Sites are a mix of pull through and back-in. All are... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lots of good hiking in the mountains around Tucson. I love the hike to Romero Pools in Catalina State Park. During the early spring or after a monsoon rain, you're apt to find flowing water and the pools full. It's fun to enjoy your lunch by the pools before starting your hike down. Remember, this is the desert so hiking... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well maintained park with many nice trails among the cacti, birds, rock formations, and wildlife. Take lots of water, and wear a hat, especially in the warmer months.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice trails. Very peaceful. There is water here which surprised me a little. The views off/from the mountains are fantastic.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you live in downtown Tucson (hot six months/year), it is nice to be able to escape to this park which brings altitude and therefore lower temperatures. The drive up via Tanque Verde road brings interesting scenery from cactus to pine trees in about 40 minutes. Good hikes, my favorite is Lizard rock.

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a nature, what a views. If you want to see plenty of different wild cactuses - this is the right place.

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Fishers, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This park was close to our hotel so one morning we decided to go There and take a trail. We encountered not only the beautiful scenery but also a waterfall. I would suggest going her early to avoid the heat. Looks like a lot of people love to camp here.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If a person is into photo ops, this is THE PLACE. Here in AZ we have the Saguaros, and this Park is one of the best for admiring this odd work of God

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