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“Very nice state park”

Catalina State Park
Ranked #9 of 288 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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Oro Valley, az
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Very nice state park”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Camping, hiking, many trails, and some trails go from the desert floor into the Santa Catalina (not for inexperienced hikers) and shorter trails for a good view of the desert and the impressive mountains nearby. Most desert flowers in April-May following a wet winter. Early in the morning is best during the hot summers.

Visited December 2012
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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Beautiful for a morning run..”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Went to Catalina State Park for a distance run while visiting Tucson. There's a little something for everyone here with great trails that range from pretty flat to serious hills and elevation gain. Just ask the ranger at the entry gate and they'll advise you on what fits for your style.

While I didn't camp here this time, the campground sites looked pretty nice but limited hookups. Would be happy to camp here for a day or two in the spring or fall. Having visited in July, I'm not sure I'd camp here in the summer heat.

There are also some nice stables here for horses. I parked in the "equine lot" for my run and it was getting a fair amount of use from folks with quarter horses.

Would definitely go back.

Visited July 2013
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Chicago
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34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“We love the loop”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Our visits to Tucson always include hiking - and in Tucson, a hike often means going up a canyon as high as you can manage and then turning around and retracing your steps. That's why the central 2.6 mile loop at Catalina State Park is such an enjoyable contrast. Although you descend a steep stairway at one point, the ups and downs are minimal. There are astounding views of the Pusch Ridge Line and much of the path goes along a stream where - for much of the year - you can stop and wade.

Visited July 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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“great place to camp in rv”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

Good restrooms and very clean, no hookups but we didnt mind. The ground is prickly so I dont think I would want to use a tent although many did. The group area is great for parties. We go there every year with our jeep club and love it.

Visited June 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Great place to hike and explore the desert”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

I've been here too many times to count. Best if you are able to hike up to Romero Pools, especially after the monsoons, so you can take a dip in the cool pools of water. There are plenty of other trails to hike in the lower areas as well.

Visited July 2013
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