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Catalina State Park

11570 N Oracle Rd., Tucson, Arizona 85737 USA

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“Horseback Riding Heaven in Tucson!”

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.Park facilities include a campground, picnic tables, grills, trails, an equestrian center, a group use area for day or overnight use (available by reservation), restrooms, showers, and a gift shop. All restroom and shower facilities are accessible. The park also offers an equestrian center which provides a staging area for trail riders with ample trailer parking.Don't have a horse? Pusch Ridge Stables is an equestrian concessionaire near the park that offers horse rides on designated trails on the north end of the park. Visit our website for more information.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 that call this area home.

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Reviewed by
cathymooneysmith

  • 4 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
January 04, 2018
Rated 5.0

This place is gorgeous. But it is not free as roadtripper reports. Camping is $30.00.

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Reviewed by
Patty Blue Hayes

  • 6 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
June 10, 2018
Rated 5.0

I camped here for 2 nights in space 16 and was amazed with the view of the mountains. It was a bit hot, so I spent my outdoor time in the early morning and late afternoon. I loved watching the ground squirrels and found them to be fascinating creatures.
The showers were spotless, and plenty of room in the women's area.
The gift shop at the entrance has some great mementos.

1 person found this review helpful

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Anna Hider

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August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

Really great camping, and make sure you do the hike to the Romero Ruins!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
scottfree43

  • 37 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 24, 2021

We enjoyed two nights in this beautiful park. It is surprisingly close to the city and several big malls are just a few miles away. But once you are there, it is very quiet and feels like wilderness. The campgrounds however are very crowded. All the sites are just feet apart and you will be getting to know your neighbors - in our case, no problem. The restrooms and showers were clean. The trails were very nice and well signposted with good information about the history, flora and animals. The scenery is lovely and we loved seeing the horses.

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yungtravella

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  • 0 Helpful
February 23, 2018

do they have showers ?

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Reviewed by
janptaz

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July 08, 2017

One of the few trails in Tucson that you can hike with your dog (:

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Catalina State Park

11570 N Oracle Rd.
Tucson, Arizona
85737 USA

Hours

Open now until 10:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 5:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Good for equestrian, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Max Stay
14
Season End
Year Round
Affiliation
State park or forest
Season Start
Year Round
  • Showers
  • Big Rigs
  • Fifty Amp
  • Tent Sites
  • Full Hookup
  • Paved Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Pull Through
  • Reservations
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Water Hookup
  • Potable Water
  • Rec Facilities
  • Standard Tent Sites
  • Pull Through RV Sites
Check In
daily 8AM-5PM (ranger station)
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