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Catalina State Park
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Catalina State Park
Description - 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.

Recreation - 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.

Climate - 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.

Location - 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.

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Filed By: K & S (Montrose, Co)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Thank You For the information you furnished. We deceided on your report alone and found that the info you shared was precise and good. Our trip to the Tucson area was fun and exciting and the camp area was new, neat, and clean and much more than we expected!

Filed By: DC
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We live 3 miles from this park. Hike it almost weekly , except in hottest part of summer. This morining on the Bird Trail ( .8 miles)saw 3 mule deer grazing. Have seen deer, jack rabbit, coyotte, gila monster, western diamondback, lots of lizards. Offical trails can be busy at times- 10-20 people. There are miles of informal trails in the park. At times enough water in some of the higher streams to swim- although this may occur in mid winter with 50 deg water. Parts of this are in or touch Coronado National Forest Wilderness and access is restricted in those areas during big horn sheep breeding season- Des 31- Apr.30

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Contact Information:
Catalina State Park, P.O. Box 36986 , Tucson, AZ, 85740, Phone: 520-628-5798, Fax: 520-628-5797

Additional Information:
Arizona State Parks - Arizona's State Parks feature lakes, reservoirs, caves, mountains, unique geologic formations and significant historic sites. From pine forests to spectacular deserts, the State Parks offer something for just about everyone.
Southern Arizona - Southern Arizona is a region of desert lowlands, high desert and rugged, forest-topped mountains. The city of Tucson lies at the heart of this region

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