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Catalina State Park

11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737-9589
+1 520-628-5798
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Outstanding hiking close to Tucson

This was a popular destination on a sunny Sunday morning, but it was easy to leave the crowds... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Brian S
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Meaford, Canada
GREAT Campground!

This is our 'go to' camping spot north of Tucson. We've camped in each of Loops A & B with water... 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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11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737-9589
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"romero pools"
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"canyon loop trail"
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"hiking trails"
in 42 reviews
"great hiking"
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"oro valley"
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"oracle road"
in 10 reviews
"great place to hike"
in 14 reviews
"elevation gain"
in 9 reviews
"well marked trails"
in 8 reviews
"day hike"
in 8 reviews
"nice hike"
in 12 reviews
"easy hike"
in 10 reviews
"big horn sheep"
in 7 reviews
"desert scenery"
in 8 reviews
"short hike"
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"lots of water"
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"beautiful scenery"
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Reviewed yesterday

This was a popular destination on a sunny Sunday morning, but it was easy to leave the crowds behind on even the popular trails. We enjoyed the Sutherland Trail and the Canyon Loop Trail. The geology and the desert vegetation was fascinating. The photography was...More

Thank Brian S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is our 'go to' camping spot north of Tucson. We've camped in each of Loops A & B with water & electric hook-ups; dump sites are located in each Loop as well as on the way out by the Ranger Station . The bath...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

PERFECT FOR PHOTOGRAPHY: My husband and I were camped right next to ground squirrels' homes so all I had to do was to wake up and snap away. We walked around one morning and I was lucky to capture a decent photo of a vermillion...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the hiking trails at Catalina. One was the bird trail, where I didn't see many birds, but I heard them. I liked that I could stop and meditate at the benches, or sit by myself on a rock and was able to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband, 2 kids - 8 and 4 had a short visit here for a picnic. It was large, wide open green spaces - I am from nyc ! We took our own food and guard/ ranger was helpful in pointing out picnic areas and...More

Thank drsaloni
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did a morning hike in this State Park and had several varied hikes to choose from. Loved the scenery and glad the washes or arroyos were dry during our hike. Enjoyed the two visitors centers although they were small. RV sites and restrooms are superior...More

Thank mariposa67
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a group of seniors, adults and children and had a nice hike (not too strenuous) and actually saw a rattlesnake! Some up and down parts but none of us had any issues.

Thank orracle
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This year was my second visit to the park. My wife and I rose early to get an early morning hike in to start the day. It was a 20 minute drive from Saddlebrooke Ranch in Oracle, where her parents live, to the park. The...More

Thank brianvel1
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great location and easy drive to any where in Tucson area. Campgrounds here are great if you can reserve a site. We stayed for a week in the overflow area only open for reservations during busy season. It is one of the group camps. Great...More

Thank just1backpack
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

RV sites were good - staff friendly - several good hiking trails - some gift shop and store at the upper end - beautiful Mountain View’s was hoping to see some mountain sheep but no such luck day we were there ! Would repeat !

Thank Bob S
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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.
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ColoradoMo
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.
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Joy K
19 November 2017|
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Response from triniteacher | Reviewed this property |
Not sure if the senior pass is for National parks only. Catalina is a State park. worth a phone call.
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