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Catalina State Park, Tucson

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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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  • Catalina State Park was near our Rental. Visited this park for Hiking on a Saturday morning. We were there by 6:30 am & this little park already had quite a few people. We did Catalina Canyon Trail.....  more
    Catalina State Park was near our Rental. Visited this park for Hiking on a Saturday morning. We were there by 6:30 am & this little park already had quite a few people. We did Catalina Canyon Trail.....  more »
  • This park was a short distance from our hotel and we arrived early Saturday morning anxious to take in the glorious sunny AZ day! This did not disappoint. So many awesome trails. We did the Canyon... 
    This park was a short distance from our hotel and we arrived early Saturday morning anxious to take in the glorious sunny AZ day! This did not disappoint. So many awesome trails. We did the Canyon...  more »
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  • Beautiful place to hike. Trails are well-maintained. Restrooms available, reasonably clean. Admission was $7 per car. We visited on a Wednesday morning in March and it was fairly crowded.
  • This is a beautiful park! If you are reserving a campsite, beware! Ringtail loop does not have electricity or water hookup and it is not that easy to tell this on the reservation system. It is just a dirt parking lot for trailers to sit in. There are amazing hiking trails and the nature in this park is stunning, especially the saguaros. The campground fills up fast so reserve early in the year if you want a site with electricity and water.

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