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“Excellent hiking.”

Catalina State Park
Ranked #10 of 304 things to do in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Catalina State Park sits at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains. The park is a haven for desert plants and wildlife and nearly 5,000 saguaros. The 5,500 acres of foothills, canyons and streams invites camping, picnicking and bird watching — more than 150 species of birds call the park home. The park provides miles of equestrian, birding, hiking, and biking trails which wind through the park and into the Coronado National Forest at elevations near 3,000 feet. The park is located within minutes of the Tucson metropolitan area. This scenic desert park also offers equestrian trails and an equestrian center provides a staging area for trail riders with plenty of trailer parking. Bring along your curiosity and your sense of adventure as you take in the beautiful mountain backdrop, desert wildflowers, cacti and wildlife.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Since I work a mile away I have been here often. It is good for a short evening stroll with your dog or a hike all the way to the top of Mt Lemmon (a daunting ten hr hike one way only!). The most popular hike (excellent family hike) is Romero Pools. Lovely "short" (just over an hour) hike to natural pools (swimmable).

Thank PeripateticTucson
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

I went there on an overcast (thank god!), cool (for Tucson) day and hiked up to the Romero Pools. That was a challenging hike--at least five miles return, and lots of steep up and down. The perfect hiking weather brought quite a crowd. The parking lot was full, but it's OK to park along the road. The trail was busy. Wild flowers were abundant and vivid, vistas are spectacular. The Romero Pools are deep and busy with happy folks cooling their feet and jumping into the deeper parts.
You don't have to hike to the Romero Pools. There are other trails and lots of activities, including birding. The day I went, there was an exhibit of desert wildlife, including the poisonous varieties--most notably some big old Gila monsters. Customers were encouraged to handle some of the harmless animals. Great for the kids.
Admission is $7 per vehicle.

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Reviewed March 28, 2013

This park is close to us and is great for all levels of hikers, from the take it easy one hour hikers, to the all day hikers who want to get some serious climbing in.

Thank airbus32
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Just plain peaceful and inviting. Lonely drive. Good and plenty of parking, so stop and do some hiking, then enjoy a picnic lunch in the area. Lots of birds and wildlife. A peaceful day here,

Thank shabuki
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

In addition to having a very nice campground, Catalina SP offers a wonderful hike to Romero Pools which always have water. Romero trail is also a great place to see wildflowers in Spring.

Thank Tucs0nhiker
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