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Catalina State Park, Tucson

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web
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. Arrange to visit Catalina State Park and other attractions in Tucson using our Tucson trip generator.
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  • We enjoyed the hike up to see the old Indian wall remnants. Much of what we saw, was seen earlier going to Mt. Lemmon 
  • We were staying in the area and wanted to do a little hiking. We took 2 trails, the nature trail and the canyon loop. Both were well marked and the scenery was great. The nature trail had signs about ...  read more »
  • Nice hike with beautiful flora all around. Love the cactus and desert scenery. We hiked together and explored the trails as a family. I would do it again. 
  • never had a bad time when i hit one of catalinas trails. make sure you know where you are going and tell someone about it. an extra water or two will help keep you safe
  • A perfect place to hike, bike, camp or enjoy being outdoors. Very very pretty. At dusk, you can hear the sounds of birds and desert critters packing it in for the day.
  • Wonderful location. Get reservations well in advance. Wonderful spacing between camp sites. Very clean bathrooms & showers. Water + electrical. No sewer. But dumping station. Trees and wonderful views of Catalina Mts. Perfect hiking trails well marked.
  • As an avid trail runner I love going to Catalina State Park and using these trails. There are multiple options for distances, elevation gain, and technicality. I purchased an annual pass and go frequently to take advantage of the great running. There are two trail races, one in the Spring and one in the Fall, that are also very fun! I've also been there for hiking with kids and it's suitable for all ability levels. Worth checking out for visitors in town too.
  • I do like coming here as it is beautiful with nice amenities but my dog died of Valley Fever from being exposed to fungus in this area, an endemic area (the worst in the US in Tucson, Phoenix next to the San Joaquin Valley in California) for Valley Fever. Loop A was under construction in Oct. 2015 and the area had been roughed up by dirt movers. Also the time of year (worst time of year for the spores) and it just rained made this area ripe for a dog catching valley fever that likes to dig in organic soil and the spores had been released into the air by the construction. We were in Loop B and walked our 2 dogs over there; the one Austrailian Shepard (they were sisters) was dead within a month from Fungal Pnemonia. She was 12. I wish with all my heart the park would have warned people of the dangers of Valley Fever, as people get it as well. Roughing up the soil like they did should have been an automatic closure for Loop A.
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