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“Stayed in our big rig RV & can't wait to return!”

Catalina State Park
Ranked #12 of 311 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
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Excellent views and birding. Plenty of room for a big RV as well as tent sites. The weather was perfect in the high Sonoran desert, and the surrounding mountains were beautiful. Plenty of trails to hike on, and now they've introduced Big Horn Sheep to the mountains for some possible sightings. Out of town, but still close enough for some good restaurants and a trip to Trader Joe's if that's your wish.

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Reviewed March 10, 2014

I live very close to CSP and am a frequent visitor as I love to hike with my dog and this is one of the few places nearby where I can do so. There are several places where my dog can splash in the water! While it can get crowded during weekends and in high season, weekdays are generally less crowded. The difficulty of the trails ranges from an easy 3 mi. loop trail to more difficult and longer hikes. Some of the trails are currently closed to dogs because of the attempted reintroduction of bighorn sheep to the area. The views are spectacular everywhere because the park sits right up against the Catalinas. There are lots of places to picnic and ruins to visit. Friends have cameos here while visiting me and were very pleased with the facilities. The stargazing is amazing at night!

Thank Debbie R
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Rv's parking but book months ahead...situated among mesquite trees...picnic benches available and u can bar-b-que...when water is flowing it's even nicer....get a yearly pass to all of az parks..

Thank Anne A
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great place to experience. Sometimes during peak season you might need to fight for space on some trails or deal with slow pokes. I have frequented this park many times over the two years I've lived in Tucson. Blakets Ridge is a nice day hike. The paved roads are good for a run or quick walk. I've never used the tram because I never understood the need. You should save the money and just walk yourself. That's what you're there for, right?

Thank Steven M
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Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

What an awesome place!!! We camped here for 2 nights and had a great time. It's located on the edge of town, but feels so secluded. The regular campsites were full, so we got put in the ringtail group site. It was quiet, comfortable, and had amazing views. The bathrooms were impeccable, I've never seen such clean bathrooms in a campground/state park! To top it all off, we had an amazing hike to Romero Pools! We'll be back!

Thank blr-ejt
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