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Catalina State Park
Ranked #10 of 304 things to do in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 30 March 2012

I went on a guided bird walk. They have them regularly. It was well attended and very informative. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful

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Reviewed 30 March 2012

iCatalina State Park has hikes for the novice to the experienced. Trails are well marked and the scenery is great. Whether you want a full day, or a couple of hours, this is well worth your visit.

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Reviewed 28 March 2012

We stopped at the Catalina State Park for a late afternoon picnic lunch on our way home from BioSphere 2. What a great decision! We had a beautiful view of the mountains in the picnic area and took a nice little hike around some of the more scenic trails.

Our only complaint was that, while the trail-heads were marked fairly well, trails that split off weren't well signed. We found ourselves a little turned around - although never in danger. Better maps and planning on our part would definitely be required for any serious hiking.

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Reviewed 27 March 2012

Catalina State Park sits right in the FACE of the Catalinas with expansive views. There are hikes for all levels; so you can challenge yourself or just stroll; either way the vistas are spectacular. We went in the early spring for the wildflowers and found a quiet little wash full of poppies - just made you want to lie down and stare at the clouds. It's also and equestrian area, so you may encounter some horse friends along the way. The Park is a beautiful Tucson gem!

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Reviewed 27 March 2012

I hiked up to Romero Pools with a friend, it is definitely an intermediate hike, we had thought it was 2 miles (she went 10 years ago and memory served wrong) but wound up being closer to 3, but we worked up a good sweat and that snow run off makes the pools very refreshing! When the water is running they are breathtaking, several are quite deep and local boys on spring break were cliff jumping, we were satisfied just dangling our feet in! We left early in the morning to avoid most of the heat of the day, we ran into some others who didn't and were regretting it, I'd suggest bringing a lot of water by the time we got to the top many people had used all of theirs. We saw plenty of gorgeous flowers along the way, the poppy's were in full bloom, as were the thistle and some asters. The pencil cholla had fruit and the ocotillo were starting to bloom as well. I saw my first tarantula hawks buzzing around, got bitten by my first fire ant (good lord it hurts) and saw cactus wrens busily making nests - it was a great day!

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