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Catalina State Park

11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737-9589
+1 520-628-5798
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Day hikes are great

I love visiting Catalina State park. Its beautiful after the rain. The only reason that I do not... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Tucson, Arizona
Favorite Place To Ride Horses and Hike

We love riding our horses here. They have a great equestrian area to start out from. We liked it so... read more

Reviewed 6 days 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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  • Very good27%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737-9589
+1 520-628-5798

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I love visiting Catalina State park. Its beautiful after the rain. The only reason that I do not visit more often is cost. Make sure to bring lots of drinking water on your hike. Beautiful city views of Oro Valley

Thank Danimal520
Reviewed 6 days ago

We love riding our horses here. They have a great equestrian area to start out from. We liked it so much we now have an annual pass! Would recommend for hiking, mountain bike riding and camping (tent or RV welcome)

Thank Jerkpugslie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very good place to go hiking, to have a group get together with friends, family, to enjoy food a fire to sit by and enjoy the evening.

Thank _jraysr48
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Experience the real desert hill, with no frills. All kinds of trails, plus educational workshops on weekends. Healthy family experience, rugged and natural. Great lace to experience the Sonoran desert.

Thank Sam B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to take the family out hiking this is a great spot. There are plenty of trails that are well marked. The views are breath taking. The amenities are clean. It is also ideal for picnics, kids birthdays, and family gatherings. For the...More

Thank Kory R
Reviewed 8 September 2017

There are two campgrounds in the park. The views are fantastic in all directions. However, if you are a camper who likes water sites, this is not the place for you. On some of the trails you may find rushing water in some of the...More

Thank SharonLDRN
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Catalina State Park has a variety of trails to suit every level of ability, from casual stroll to overnight backpacking. There are blacktopped trails for wheelchairs and dogs are even allowed in some areas. The river flows after rains, and this is one of the...More

Thank joanne S
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Visit this treasure whether you hike miles or just stroll for a short jaunt. There are trails and sights for all levels. Today we took our grandchildren to play in the rain runoff. They had a great time. Natural beauty, a special place.

Thank Lee T
Reviewed 19 July 2017

There is so much to see and experience here that it's hard to choose where to begin. The rangers are very knowledgable and glad to share info on wildlife. There are (probably) hundreds of miles of trails for both hiking and equestrian. Many historical and...More

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Catalina State Park is a lovely quite pristine desert experience. It is perfect for a short family hike and picnic. There are also longer hikes suited for the more experienced and adventurous and a bird watchers trail. We take our dog there almost weekly and...More

Thank jeryl2017
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8 February 2017|
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Response from maggiez99z | Reviewed this property |
No restaurant in the Park, except for a small shop which provides a few hiking essentials (snacks, water, maps etc.) There is also a small shop at the front gate. There are several nice restaurant options, across the street... More
Brian S
6 October 2016|
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Response from HunterFromJersey | Reviewed this property |
Not at all! When you're on the trails it seems like you're in the middle of nowhere. The Catalina Mountains dominate the views.
22 June 2016|
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Response from ArizonaStateParks | Property representative |
Hi! Thanks for your question. Here is a breakdown of our pricing: Seasonal Pricing: May 1 – October 31 Campground B = $25/night Campground A (electric) * = $25/night Campground A (non-electric) * = $15/night Equestrian... More