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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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Lovely spot but be aware that the easy Nature trail requires a steep climb at the beginning before becoming flat.
Lovely spot but be aware that the easy Nature trail requires a steep climb at the beginning before becoming flat. more »
Took a hike with the dogs. It was so beautiful. So much to see and so beautiful. Pack a lunch. Family-friendly.
Took a hike with the dogs. It was so beautiful. So much to see and so beautiful. Pack a lunch. Family-friendly. more »
This was my first time here and it was such a cool experience! I loved every second of walking in the foothills of mountain! You can walk up close to the saguaros and take really neat and cool photos! We walked around a 3-4 mile ring that was amazing every step! I love seeing all the plants and nature around you! There was people all around but everyone keeps there distance so you feel like you’re alone there! It was a fun and neat experience !!! I will for sure be back! Very unique experience!!!
We have traveled the country over in our RV, and this is one of our all-time favorite places to be. Spectacular views, one of the best possible state park set ups with spacious gravel pads and wonderful views. It’s uncommon for a state park to have electric and water hook ups, but you will find them here. No dump hookups at the sites, but dump station is easily accessible. A bit far from town, which is the only drawback. We love that hiking trails are within feet of where we are camped. When the weather is delightful, be sure to get reservations well in advance. Will come back again!
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