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Great trails for all levels of fitness

A beautiful park, lots of parking, and easy access to many trails, easy and more challenging... read more

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MDavisTucson_AZ
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Tucson, Arizona
Fantastic hiking

This is a beautiful area with lots of wildlife and lots of great hiking options for all ability... read more

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed yesterday

A beautiful park, lots of parking, and easy access to many trails, easy and more challenging. Bathrooms on site in the parking area. A separate section for overnight camping.

Thank MDavisTucson_AZ
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a beautiful area with lots of wildlife and lots of great hiking options for all ability levels. I visited on a Friday morning and I was very surprised by how crowded it was, with the huge parking lot at the main trailhead almost completely full. Once I got out on the trails, however, I was still able to find some solitude. I'd imagine that on a Saturday or Sunday it would be even more crowded, though, so that is something to keep in mind.

I linked together two different hikes while I was here: the 2.3 mile Canyon Loop Trail and the 5.8 mile Romero Canyon Trail (turning around at Romero Pools, though the trail continues on for another several miles past that). While the two trails share a parking lot and can easily be done together, they are very different from each other.

The Canyon Loop Trail is very easy and very scenic. While much of the trail is in soft sand, it is completely flat other than a couple short sets of stairs, and there are benches in several places where you can rest. There were a couple of small stream crossings, though there has been a lot of rain recently and I would imagine that the streams are dry more often than not. This hike is a great way to quickly and easily see the park's beautiful scenery and flora and fauna.

The Romero Canyon Trail is much more difficult. The first mile or so is flat and sandy like the Canyon Loop, but then it gets very steep and rocky, and you will climb close to 1500 feet over the next 1.7 miles. The trail is very exposed, with no shade for most of that steep climb, so I would recommend starting early in the morning, and I'm not sure I would do this hike at all before October. Also, there are places where it isn't completely obvious where the trail is. In fact, at one point a jogger passed me, then I ran into him again going the opposite direction about 5 minutes later. He seemed very surprised to see me again and said "did I get turned around?" and turned around and continued back down the trail. Just take your time and pay attention to where you are going, and you'll be fine.

Don't let any of that discourage you from taking this hike, though! While this hike is more difficult than you would expect for a short 3-mile out and 3-mile back trail, it is absolutely worth it. The scenery is incredible throughout the entire hike, your chances of seeing wildlife are very high, and the pools at the end are great. It was especially nice going after October's record rainfall, because there was a lot of water in the pools, with a number of small waterfalls. Overall this is a fantastic hike. The mountains beyond the pools were spectacular, so if you have the time and the energy I would recommend continuing past the pools and doing the full 8-mile hike to Romero Pass.

I can't recommend this park highly enough for all visitors.

Thank otmgoodale
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a beautiful park with lots of choices of hiking experiences. A bonus is the history that can be experienced by hiking to the ruins. And the views are magnificent.

Thank Savysu
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here twice in two week period. Very clean, organized, friendly volunteer greeters, nice showers, close to lovely hiking. My only complaints- not enough shade trees for some of the sites so it's quite hot during the day, and I left behind a couple items, called right away, went back the next day and no one could find them even though I was told it would be set aside for me.

Thank AlaskaMom2011
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our walk around the dam but the tram which would normally take visitors right up the canyon is out of action and not expected back in action for several months. Still worth a visit.

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Reviewed September 22, 2018

This all depends as to how many cacti growing attractions can you handle. If you like a lot, then you go here as well as to other places. If you want just 1-2 -- see Saguaro and Organ Pipes.

Thank MarcinDrP
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Reviewed August 23, 2018

You wouldn't know you are still in the desert with all the flowers and lush green plants and trees. I've just begun to discover all of this place, but so far I feel like I've found a hidden treasure of trails, wildflowers, plants and trees living harmoniously with cactus and animals of the desert. The eye popping flowers and greenery is undoubtedly from the monsoon rains and has really brought this place alive.

Thank Joey A
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Reviewed August 22, 2018

Easy hiking trail over a dry wash or if raining on mountain top a running wash. Spring or winter is the best time to go. Take more water with you than you think you'll need. Give children a back pack with their own water and snack. Everyone dehydrates fast in the desert!!! Wear sun block and hats with wide brim. If your 1st hike in the desert read up on critters to avoid. No snacks to purchase here.

1  Thank Ciocilala
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Reviewed August 18, 2018

Great State Park, with many hiking trails, family picnic areas and good scenery. Excellent parking inside the park, close to the trailheads and the picnic areas.

1  Thank Robert C
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Reviewed August 18, 2018

The Catalina's are beautiful mountains and the campground offers beautiful views plus wildlife. Close to town and shopping , restaurants, if you so desire.

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