trail running



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.

100 Degrees was brutal for this hike. I consider myself a fairly active person and I hike long trails a few times a month - but even starting at 0630 wasnt early enough to beat the heat. There was very little shade - luckily my friend and I brought an umbrella for this exact reason haha. The "pools" were shallow and dirty, but I am sure when the monsoon rains come they will be gorgeous. Overall a good hike - bring more than 2L of water if you go during summer haha. You'll need it!

Difficult hike but totally worth it! One of our favorites to do. Beautiful views and fun to cool off in the pools before turning around and hiking back out.

17 days ago

Strenuous hike, beautiful scenery

Not a great trail to run up to Mt. Lemmon Summit. A lot of large loose rocks.

1 month ago

This was a moderately difficult hike. We enjoyed it and the pools at the end were nice, there was still plenty of water.

awesome hike left at sunrise made it to canyon in an hour and a half beautiful countryside

Hike along a low ridge- view of Catalina Mountains on one side, but view off the other side is lots of views of housing developments. Not my favorite hike in the area.