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Catalina State Park, Tucson

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#2 of 10 in Nature in Tucson
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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  • I've never visited the mountains before, but I knew that I wanted to take a hike once I got to AZ. The Catalina Mountains seemed like the best park to visit, due to locality and the reviews. I'm glad ...  more »
  • Deserts probably should be visited best in the spring and fall (too hot July to September), and midwinter can be unpredictable but still okay to visit. The park itself is nicely laid out and there are...  more »
  • We recently visited a friend in Tucson and decided to do a different hike each day. Catalina was one of our first and we really enjoyed it. Not too difficult, easy trails to follow, beautiful scenery....  more »
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  • We've been camping at Catalina during the winter months since 2011 and its my favorite State Park in Arizona, by far. The mountain scenery, flora and fauna are all so beautiful - huge saguaros and so many of them! It's nice that there are mesquite trees in the campground to provide shade during those hot afternoons. I appreciate that they allow bird feeders in the campground, and I think the birds appreciate it too. There were so many more roadrunners this past year, most often seen around the entrance to the B-loop. All of the hiking trails are great, just keep your ears perked for cyclists on the Fifty Year trail.
  • So beautiful! Totally different from the rest of the area...I actually saw water here! And green grass! Beautiful flora and awesome walking/hiking trails. I wish I'd left more time for Catalina State Park.
  • Campsites in this park are in very high demand. The folks working here were very helpful in locating a place to stay in the park. The facilities are all immaculate. It is clear that the people running this place have a lot of pride in what they do. The park is beautiful with great trails and is situated convenient to Tucson.
  • This is my favorite place to hike in Tucson. I find this to be a very beautiful state park with a variety of trails. I usually hike to Romero Trail. This trail is tough! There is a lot of climbing involved, it can be dangerous in some areas since the trail becomes very narrow and to one side is a very tall cliff. I wouldn't recommend to bring kids here. The trail takes you very high up in the Santa Catalina Mountains, but I have only hiked as far as the Romero Pools. You may want to go see the pools during spring time if you want to find lots of water. The Nature Trail is very easy, great for kids, and they have lots of signs explaining everything about the plants and the animals you can encounter. The Birding Trail is also very easy and you do get to see lots of birds AND lots of javelina foot prints! The Canyon Loop Trail is very easy, too, great for the whole family. If you decide to hike Romero Trail, bring lots of water and snacks.
  • The Sutherland Trail is an easy-to-moderate hike through some of the most beautiful park land in Southern Arizona. The Saguaro cacti are huge, multi-armed, and stately. We counted 19 arms on one!
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