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Catalina State Park

Open Now: 05:00 - 22:00
Open today: 05:00 - 22:00
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Fantastic and varied

This was our first visit to Catalina State Park, and I was amazed at how beautiful it was. The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Phoenix, USA
Always a pleasant place to visit

We've enjoyed going to this park for years because it has always been relaxing and well... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tucson, Arizona
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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...more
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11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737-9589
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was our first visit to Catalina State Park, and I was amazed at how beautiful it was. The mountains, the stream, the butterflies, the yellow leaves on the trees in the autumn, the impressive saguaros - and that was on just the Canyon Loop...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Pumpkinville
Reviewed 4 days ago

We've enjoyed going to this park for years because it has always been relaxing and well maintained. The walking and hiking options are ideal for every level of interest from a stroller to a more intense kind of nature exploration. Give it a try and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank overtheline2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed 2 nights at the Catalina State Park. It's a great location with several activities to do nearby. We went hiking, mountain biking and road biking without moving our camper van. There is also horseback riding near by. The location is very nice and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank terrigriffin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are a visitor or if you live here....go there ! Not only is it absolutely beautiful, it's a perfect example of the plants and animals (if you see them) and the vistas the Sonoran desert has to offer. There are trails a plenty....More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank BobZim
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful park, lots of parking, and easy access to many trails, easy and more challenging. Bathrooms on site in the parking area. A separate section for overnight camping.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank MDavisTucson_AZ
Reviewed 9 November 2018

This is a beautiful area with lots of wildlife and lots of great hiking options for all ability levels. I visited on a Friday morning and I was very surprised by how crowded it was, with the huge parking lot at the main trailhead almost...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank otmgoodale
Reviewed 8 November 2018

This is a beautiful park with lots of choices of hiking experiences. A bonus is the history that can be experienced by hiking to the ruins. And the views are magnificent.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Savysu
Reviewed 4 November 2018

Stayed here twice in two week period. Very clean, organized, friendly volunteer greeters, nice showers, close to lovely hiking. My only complaints- not enough shade trees for some of the sites so it's quite hot during the day, and I left behind a couple items,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AlaskaMom2011
Reviewed 11 October 2018

We enjoyed our walk around the dam but the tram which would normally take visitors right up the canyon is out of action and not expected back in action for several months. Still worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank VancouverDave
Reviewed 22 September 2018

This all depends as to how many cacti growing attractions can you handle. If you like a lot, then you go here as well as to other places. If you want just 1-2 -- see Saguaro and Organ Pipes.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Laurie B
5 January 2018|
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Response from Doug_Day | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, the streams are not running. We have not had any significant rain in a long time nor is there a snowpack on Mt Lemmon to supply water. We have rain in the near forecast so check back.
1 December 2017|
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Response from k3nme2 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we have Verizon and had no trouble with service. I do not recall WiFi being offered.
Joy K
19 November 2017|
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Response from triniteacher | Reviewed this property |
Not sure if the senior pass is for National parks only. Catalina is a State park. worth a phone call.