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Catalina State Park

P.O. Box 36986
Tucson, AZ 85740
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2 Reviews
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This is a large state park right on the outskirts of Tucson - and I mean right on the outskirts. Drive just a mile from the park and you are in the land of strip malls and housing developments. I hope the state has this land locked up tight because it is being surrounded by development. It makes for a rather unsettling approach to the park, but once you are there that is all forgotten and you can pretend you are really out in the wilderness - at least a little. There is a lot to do at this park -hiking, bicycling and birding or just relaxing. The staff at the Visitors Center can provide you with a good handout that describes all the trails. The campground itself is laid out pretty nicely with fairly good privacy between the sites. A previous review mentioned the system used in the Arizona state parks and I agree that it works well. You pay as you come in and they give you a tag to hang on your rig and/or your car and then you just go and pick out the site you like. It's first-come, first-served, but we had no trouble getting a spot mid-week. There are no sewer hook-ups, but there is a dump station.

Received from Anon for visit in Jan 2007

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
This is a very nice state park with wonderful views and trails. I would have rated it higher if it weren't for the fact that an electrical transformer box, within the campground loop, buzzed so loudly at night that it was uncomfortable to sit outside. I mentioned this to the ranger, but she wasn't much interested as no one else had complained. Otherwise this is a great place to camp. It is close to good shopping and restaurants, although it's in a country setting. We put out bird feeders and got much activity in numbers and variety. TV reception is good with an antennae. What I appreciated most was that the staff took our $20 and turned us loose into the campground; we were able to pick which ever available site we wanted without having to report back, etc.

Received from Anon for visit in Jan 2007

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES

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