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Catalina State Park

11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737-9589
+1 520-628-5798
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One of Oro Valley's Treasures

There is so much to see and experience here that it's hard to choose where to begin. The rangers... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Chris B
Tucson, Arizona
Quiet peaceful desert hiking

Catalina State Park is a lovely quite pristine desert experience. It is perfect for a short family... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Oro Valley, Arizona
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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.
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  • Average3%
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11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737-9589
+1 520-628-5798

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Reviewed 5 days ago

There is so much to see and experience here that it's hard to choose where to begin. The rangers are very knowledgable and glad to share info on wildlife. There are (probably) hundreds of miles of trails for both hiking and equestrian. Many historical and...More

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Catalina State Park is a lovely quite pristine desert experience. It is perfect for a short family hike and picnic. There are also longer hikes suited for the more experienced and adventurous and a bird watchers trail. We take our dog there almost weekly and...More

Thank jeryl2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're new to AZ and want to see what is a great example of AZ desert, this the place. Nice hiking trails, not that strenuous. There are lots of rattle snakes in the AZ deserts, so you may come across one here. Maybe see...More

Thank JOHN B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed one night in June in T@G teardrop trailer. Check-in was a snap and the loop host checked (drove by) on us upon arrival. Our site was a back-in near the restrooms, which is always a plus. The site was level and we had a...More

Thank k3nme2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After checking numerous sites looking for an overnight place to park our Sprinter, we came up with Catalina State park. What a find. It is a little north of Tucson, but well worth the drive. All the other rv places in Tucson had greater than...More

Thank christine z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

OK, when I walk, I take my dog. She and I love to walk. But most of the Tucson trails are (righly so) closed to dogs, because their scent scares away wildlife (like Javelinas). So the solution is to go to Catalina State Park. Every...More

Thank Larry B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Another hidden gem. Sparsely used in the summer (it is a little warm) which only made it nicer for us. Off the freeway and once inside the park you would never know you were only 14 miles from downtown Tucson. Road Runners and Ground Squirrels...More

Thank Todd787
Reviewed 6 June 2017

The loop trail is a little less that two miles and starts and end in the main parking lot. It is one of the few trails you can walk a dog on a leash and when the water is running you get to walk through...More

Thank van8buren
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Great infrastructure and trail system. Friendly rangers, tons of wildlife--seems like this park is off the beaten path but easy going for the non-hardcore types. Another great thing to do/see in Tucson.

Thank Jonathan J
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This park is far enough away from the lights of Tucson to provide a great place to view the night sky. Breathtaking. Walking or hiking is great here, too.

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8 February 2017|
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Response from maggiez99z | Reviewed this property |
No restaurant in the Park, except for a small shop which provides a few hiking essentials (snacks, water, maps etc.) There is also a small shop at the front gate. There are several nice restaurant options, across the street... More
Brian S
6 October 2016|
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Response from HunterFromJersey | Reviewed this property |
Not at all! When you're on the trails it seems like you're in the middle of nowhere. The Catalina Mountains dominate the views.
22 June 2016|
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Response from ArizonaStateParks | Property representative |
Hi! Thanks for your question. Here is a breakdown of our pricing: Seasonal Pricing: May 1 – October 31 Campground B = $25/night Campground A (electric) * = $25/night Campground A (non-electric) * = $15/night Equestrian... More