What to do in Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park sits at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains. Catalina State Park is a haven for a vast array of desert plants and wildlife. 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 and hiking trails which wind through the park and into the Coronado National Forest.

Park facilities include a campground with 48 sites (half with electric hookup), 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 handicapped accessible.

This scenic desert park offers camping, hiking, equestrian trails, plant and wildlife viewing and picnicking within minutes of the Tucson metropolitan area. The equestrian center provides a staging area for trail riders with plenty of trailer parking.

Catalina State Park is located in southern Arizona. Catalina can be reached a few miles north from the Tucson city limits off State Highway 77.

The climate of Arizona varies greatly with elevation. Southern Arizona and the low elevations experience a desert climate. Catalina State Park has an elevation of approximately 2,650 ft, therefore during the summer months, expect very hot temperatures with afternoon thunderstorms possible especially in July and August. Daytime high temperatures can exceed 100 degrees. Winter brings moderate temperatures to the low elevations, with warm days and cool to cold nights. Winter is a good time to experience these normally snow free areas. Fall and spring are transitional periods and can also be nice times to visit these desert regions. Be prepared for cool temperatures at higher elevations and dress in layers for your travels in this state of varying climates.

P.O. Box 36986
Tucson, AZ 85740

Phone: 520-628-5798

Fax: 520-628-5797

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