P.O. Box 36986
Tucson, Arizona 85740
Fax (520) 628-5797
The park is located on State Hwy.
77 (Oracle Road) at mile marker 81, just 9 miles north of Tucson and 6
miles north of Ina Road.
This scenic desert park offers
camping, hiking, picnicking, bicycling, horseback riding, plant and
wildlife viewing, and an archaeological site, all just a few minutes
from Tucson. Catalina State Park is located within Coronado National
Forest, and is managed by Arizona State Parks in cooperation with the
U.S. Forest Service. The park encompasses 5,493 acres at elevations
near 3,000 feet.
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.
Hiking and riding on the trails are
popular activities, with eight trails varying in length and
- The Romero Ruin Interpretive Trail (3/4-mi.)
meanders through the ruins of a prehistoric Hohokam village site that
is over a thousand years old.
- The mile-long Nature Trail offers
beautiful vistas of the Sonoran Desert and Santa Catalina Mountains,
with signs explaining the desert ecosystem and its inhabitants.
- The Romero
Canyon Trail (7.2 mi.) and the Sutherland Trail (10.5 mi.)
offer longer, more strenuous hikes through beautiful desert terrain
and riparian canyons. Both climb to cool natural pools and connect
with other Coronado National Forest trails which continue on to Mount
Lemmon at the top of the Catalina Mountains.
- The Canyon Loop Trail
(2.3 mi.) is representative of the various habitat types found in the
- The 50-Year Trail (7.8 mi.) is popular with equestrians
and mountain-bikers, and the Birding Trail (1 mi.) offers
hikers a chance to see some of the park's 170+ species of birds in
three different types of habitats.
- The Bridle Trail (1.4 mi) is
the only completely flat trail in the park, connecting the Equestrian
Center with the main trail head.
Open 365 days a year. Day-use hours
are 5:00 a.m. to 10:00p.m. Visitor Center hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. Checkout time for overnight campers is 2:00 p.m.
- Campgrounds with 120 sites, 95 with water
and electric hookups.
- Campsites have picnic tables and grills.
Campgrounds have restrooms with showers; dump station. No Reservations
- Picnic Area with restrooms,
picnic tables, grills and a group shade Ramada.
- Equestrian Center for off-loading or camping with horses.
- Group Areas with restrooms, showers and group Ramadas for day use
or camping. By reservation only; minimum 20 people.
- Trails for hiking, backpacking, bicycling and equestrian use.
- Ranger Station with information and gift shop.