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Catalina State Park, Tucson

#3 of 11 in Nature in Tucson
State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Expanding across the slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Catalina State Park teems with trails that move through the dry desert and thick green brush. An equestrian center offers tours on horseback. You also can backpack and hike along well-maintained trails that are simple to follow. Temperatures are hot in the day and cool at night, so be sure to bring plenty of water and wear layers to adjust to changing temperatures in the 2,225 ha (5,500 acre) park. Use our Tucson trip planner to add Catalina State Park and other attractions to your Tucson vacation plans.
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  • Catalina is packed with great hikes of all lengths, affording wonderful vistas all around. The proximity to Tucson makes it easy to reach. Don't miss the short hike around the ruins - and then take...  more »
  • Love that this park has hikes of varying difficulty for every occasion whether it be a quick walk or strenuous climb. Totally beautiful in April when the poppies are in bloom.  more »
  • We camped here in an RV in late July for four nights. We camped in loop "A". Aside from the Camp Host there were only two other campers here!! This is a very nice and well maintained park. All of the campsites are paved and very level. They are also quite spacious. There are shower houses and flush toilets at both loops. They are immaculate and quite nice! There are several hiking trails available and a pretty cool Native American Indian ruins area along the Romero Ruins trail to check out. The park is just a very short drive from everything you'd need. There is also a laundromat about five miles away. We paid $30 per night for water and electric. There are no "Full" hook-up sites, but they do have a couple dump stations.
  • Very clean facilities, showers and other amenities are simple and well cared for. The grounds are spacious and inviting. There are many hiking trails in the park with options for small inclines and mountain climbing for some of the longer trails. The plant and animal life is divers and beautiful. Go ahead and enjoy.

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