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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.

Nature Trail Loop at Catalina State Park (counterclockwise). About 1/3 of the way around we lateraled of to the east for 0.2 miles and hiked on a 2nd separate loop trail on the same mesa area. The 2nd loop was approximately one mile & much less traveled. The AllTrails mapping was definitely helpful in making sure we stayed on trail. Lots of plant and wildlife, especially after the recent heavy rains. Wildflowers and cactus blooms surprised us for mid-August!

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13 days ago

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18 days ago

Very easy. Great for introducing little ones to hiking on trails and to learn a little history about the area. It has placards along the loop that shed light on the early people who inhabited the land. It has stone ruins and an amazing view that costs very little effort.

Fantastic day hike! Storm rains caught us about 3/4 of the way thru - much appreciated with Summer! Very well marked by State Parks crews. Lots of green everywhere after the recent rains. We will definitely be back to do more trails in Catalina State Park.

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20 days ago

A great mix of desert views. Best during monsoon season when the water is flowing. It makes for a great trail run.

A great hike with the kids. information signs along the way and just the right length so they don't get bored.

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1 month ago

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!