Campgrounds with 120 sites, 95 with water
and electric hookups. Campsites have picnic tables and
grills. Campgrounds have restrooms with showers; dump
• Picnic Area with restrooms, picnic
tables, grills and a group shade ramada.
• Equestrian Center for off-loading or camping with
• Group Areas with restrooms, showers and group
ramadas for day use or camping. By reservation only; minimum
• Trails for hiking, backpacking, bicycling and
• Ranger Station with information and gift shop.
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
Hiking and riding on the trails are popular activities,
with eight trails varying in length and difficulty. 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 park. 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.
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. Download a directional map.
Open 365 days a year. Day-use hours are 5:00a.m. to 10:00p.m.
Visitor Center hours are 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Checkout
time for overnight campers is 2:00p.m.
Pets must be kept on a leash.
Wood fires and ground fires are prohibited, except in
Natural materials/features in the park are protected.
Camping is limited to 14 nights in a 30-day period.
Generator hrs: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Quiet hrs: 10 p.m. - 7