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Catalina State Park

11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737-9589
+1 520-628-5798
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Close to Tucson nice place to hike.

We went for a morning hike and were not disappointed. 7 USD entrance fee per car. Rangers were very... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
peacefuldb B
San Antonio, Texas
A treasure for peace-loving hikers

Situated on the west side of the Catalina Mountains, this park offers direct access to a wide... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went for a morning hike and were not disappointed. 7 USD entrance fee per car. Rangers were very helpful and had maps for us to use. Nice Birder trail. Good trails that are fairly well maintained. They do have several campsites and we saw...More

Thank peacefuldb B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated on the west side of the Catalina Mountains, this park offers direct access to a wide variety of landscapes - high desert, river washes, saguaro canyons. Very accessible for almost anyone - take a gentle trail or challenge yourself on a harder one. Ruins...More

Thank NineRavens
Reviewed 1 week ago

Newly paved roads, big spaces, clean restrooms with beautifully tiled showers. We really loved this place!

Thank Kimberly E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I enjoy hiking, but I rolled my ankle a few months ago, and am still having trouble walking on any surface not totally flat. We did the birding trail here, and it was 90% flat and easy. There are two medium size...More

Thank Marla R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were here on a clear day in December and took a little hike. Beautiful scenes of the desert and many nice Sahuaro cactus. Great place for desert photos. Well marked trails and bathroom facilities. Camp sites are available.

1  Thank dnreed
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice state park, it was clean and well maintained!! Nice touch that there was cold water for purchase at the trail head. There is wide variety of trails for all fitness levels. We chose the Romero Canyon Trail to Romero Pools. Our fitness trackers...More

Thank gurfinkel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Catalina State Park is a great place for a short hike among the cacti or a longer, more strenuous hike up a mountain. We drove through the camping areas and plan to return with our RV in the future. There's lots of shopping available right...More

Thank KieferAZ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I desired an intermediate hike and ended up hiking both Canyon Loop Trail and a portion of Sutherland trail. Sutherland was more challenging with rocks and elevation but very doable and we are mid-fifties for reference. Beautiful desert scenery and the perfect...More

Thank DcrPitt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here to do some hiking on a recent trip to Tucson. Very nice park with great trails from loop trails and nature trails to longer ones. Paths were well marked and well traveled. Beautiful scenery and enjoyable visit.

Thank Shanigirl1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spend last two weeks of Dec. here in our camper van. Campsites nicely spaced for privacy. Setting as natural as possible. Very clean bathrooms, but NOT heated, so beware in winter. It got down to 30 overnight in Dec one night and 30’s and 40’s...More

Thank doddsteacher
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Laurie B
6 January 2018|
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Response from Doug_Day | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, the streams are not running. We have not had any significant rain in a long time nor is there a snowpack on Mt Lemmon to supply water. We have rain in the near forecast so check back.
1 December 2017|
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Response from k3nme2 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we have Verizon and had no trouble with service. I do not recall WiFi being offered.
Joy K
20 November 2017|
Response from AmosRedux | Reviewed this property |
Their website says nothing about senior pass. Contact the park directly for a definitive answer.