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Catalina State Park

11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737-9589
+1 520-628-5798
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A Truly Enjoyable Park

I like to take visitors to this park on the western slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains because... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tucson, Arizona
Enjoyable State Park

My husband and I stopped here for a short while to hike. There are a lot of trails to choose from... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Woodstock, IL
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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.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good27%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“hiking trails” (40 reviews)
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11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737-9589
+1 520-628-5798
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I like to take visitors to this park on the western slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains because of its eight trails of varying length, nice desert scenery and lack of crowds. So I was surprised to see the big parking lot at the trail...More

1  Thank Rumples
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I stopped here for a short while to hike. There are a lot of trails to choose from: different lengths and levels of difficulty. The park has campsites and two gift shops. The mountains are beautiful to look at as you hike.

Thank BobKathy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Camped in a Motorhome in Site B61. Stayed the maximum 2 weeks and could have stayed longer. So much to do with the trails and activities. Went with the Bird Walk group twice and both times saw different wildlife. So many birds!! Was surprised by...More

Thank Gina A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've never visited the mountains before, but I knew that I wanted to take a hike once I got to AZ. The Catalina Mountains seemed like the best park to visit, due to locality and the reviews. I'm glad I did. The gentleman at the...More

1  Thank jmsdean28
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Deserts probably should be visited best in the spring and fall (too hot July to September), and midwinter can be unpredictable but still okay to visit. The park itself is nicely laid out and there are numerous trails of various lengths for hiking ...sneakers are...More

Thank ChaZZ5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recently visited a friend in Tucson and decided to do a different hike each day. Catalina was one of our first and we really enjoyed it. Not too difficult, easy trails to follow, beautiful scenery. Would go again.

1  Thank Lisa Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first visit. Very well kept state park. It was $7 for a daily pass - car up to 4 people. Lots of hiking options, short to long hikes. Will visit again when in the area.

Thank Brian D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of our favourite parks, for quick visits or day-long hiking. The mountain views and bird variety are outstanding, whether you do the Canyon Loop in an hour or the Romero Pools over a half day climb.

1  Thank Malcolm W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting Hohokam history connected to the ruins in the park. Helpful park staff. Several interesting trails of different lengths and difficulty to choose from.

Thank Kay L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful state park with the majestic mountains looming over all campsites. Plenty of local birds and creatures can be seen. Bathrooms are clean, and park staff friendly and helpful. Many local people come to enjoy the trails and scenery. The excellent Tucson...More

3  Thank Anne H
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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.