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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. 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 puschridgestables.com External Link 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. Catalina State Park is located within Coronado National Forest, and is managed by Arizona State Parks in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service. $7 entrance fee

nice hike...went early in day and most of hike in was in shade.

This is a beautiful, mostly very easy trail with one steep hill to get down. It is also very crowded with people and dogs and horses, which can be fun or stressful or fun depending on how everyone gets along.

Should be rated easy.

Not a long trail but very rocky. There are some pools in the end of the trail, even in February! Surprise!

Great winter hike. We went with our kids and it was great.

Beautiful views! Didn’t think we would see much water however at the very end of the trail there was a good amount of water with a small waterfall. Definitely worth the climb!

18 days ago

Very easy but very hot. Many kinds of desert plants along the trail.

$7 fee to enter park.

Good trail well maintained. Beautiful views all directions. Very popular!!

A very easy walk through a variety of desert vegetation with explanatory signage along the trail. Great views of the Santa Catalina Mountains to the east.

Starts off like a walk on the beach, after about a half a mile it turns into a hike . The pools at the end well worth the hike ! Had a great day .

Falls are dry now.

1 month ago

A pleasant stroll in the woods. Great light early morning.

great trail. good challenge as you climb. a bit rocky.

1 month ago

Always a fun, short, easy walk. great views of Catalinas. Some years, there is enough water to enjoy walking by the stream.

One of my favorite “go to” hikes... beautiful views, nice trail, and good elevation gain. I like to go early in the morning before the crowds arrive.

1 month ago

Awesome moderate to easy trail. Nice vistas and flora. Everyone seemed friendly and shared the trail well. The dogs loved it.

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