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Catalina State Park

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Hiking Paradise

Wonderful State Park just outside the city limits. There are many trails as well as a Big Horn... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Charlie K
Great hikes await!

This is a good place to explore nature north of Tucson - all levels of difficulty for hiking trails.

Reviewed 5 days ago
Linda H
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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...more
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11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737-9589
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Wonderful State Park just outside the city limits. There are many trails as well as a Big Horn Sheep protected area (no dogs in this area). Dogs are welcome in all other areas on lead. The campgrounds are extensive but always booked. So make appropriate...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a good place to explore nature north of Tucson - all levels of difficulty for hiking trails.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Linda H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Went Catalina State Park for a hike, entrance fee is $7 per car. We took the Canyon Loop Trail(2.4miles). It was an easy trail to hike. Recommend you take the trail clockwise in order to see the canyon upstream. That start point is the trail...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank TucsonTraveller2
Reviewed 1 week ago

It isn't very long, but it does have places you can stop in the State park. A must if you are going to Saguaro National Park

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Stephen C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just off Oracle Rd near Oro Valley Marketplace, this is a convenient and wonderful park for hikers, campers, children, and out-of-town guests.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jackbZ221UG
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I hike regularly in Catalina State Park, but this is the first time I've posted a review. Our favorite trail is the Canyon Loop Trail because it is relatively easy on my bad knees and it has such a great variety of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DesertBeachLover
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just spent a weekend camping at this park. Lots of trails. Great picnic areas. The campground has large spots, both back in and pull thrus. Electric and water. Dump stations. The bathrooms are large with showers and stalls. Very clean.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mom22sons
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ina addition to a nice range of trails, this park has a wide varieties of programs and activities. The Geology Walk was especially good. Birding and archeological hikes are nice too.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Carl P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hiked the Canyon Loop trail in morning, about 90 minutes. I took hiking sticks, not knowing about the terrain, but really didn't need them. The first part of the trail meanders through mature saguaros and has several stream crossings over rocks (not difficult as the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bruce L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This park is very well cared for. It has excellent restrooms, paved parking pads, many hiking trails, and wifi. You will need to plan far ahead if you are planning on January or February. Close to restaurants and shopping.

Date of experience: January 2019
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22 January 2019|
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Response from AlaskaMom2011 | Reviewed this property |
per car!
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 AlaskaMom2011 | Reviewed this property |
If you park as close as possible to the shower buildings, that is where the router is located and then it works. Otherwise use your phone as a hotspot.