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Catalina State Park

11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737-9589
+1 520-628-5798
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Great hiking for some northerners

We recently visited a friend in Tucson and decided to do a different hike each day. Catalina was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lisa Z
Farmington, Connecticut, United States
First Visit

This was my first visit. Very well kept state park. It was $7 for a daily pass - car up to 4... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Brian D
Rushford, Minnesota
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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 yesterday

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.

Thank Lisa Z
Reviewed 2 days 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 2 days 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.

Thank Malcolm W
Reviewed 2 days 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 6 days 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

1  Thank Anne H
Reviewed 1 week 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Kimberly E
Reviewed 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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
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Laurie B
5 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
19 November 2017|
Response from AmosRedux | Reviewed this property |
Their website says nothing about senior pass. Contact the park directly for a definitive answer.