Park Event Calendar
Download the October Event Calendar HERE ( 82 KB PDF)
October 1 – Sunshine Strings Youth Orchestra
5pm. Come out for Catalina’s First Saturday Concert in October and enjoy music with a beautiful backdrop. This month’s group is the Sunshine Strings Youth Orchestra, directed by Stacy Scheckel of Monarch Music Performance. The students have prepared two classical pieces, featuring two soloists, as well as the movie soundtrack to Harry Potter and Celtic Fiddle Tune. All-day admission to the park is $7 per vehicle and the concert is included with park admission. Be sure to join us at 5:00pm on October 1 and check back for our First Saturday Concert in November.
Geology Walk: Sundays, October 2 and October 23 - Picnic Area Ramada.
8:30am. How were the Santa Catalina Mountains formed? What are some of the different rocks in the park? Learn about the geology of Catalina State Park with experienced geologist, Karen. The walk takes several hours.
Sunday Guided Bird Walk: Sundays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 - Picnic Area Ramada
7am. Experienced bird guide, Mike, leads this bird walk. He will help you spot and identify various birds that live and visit the park. Novices, seasoned birders, and every experience level of birder enjoy this event. Please bring binoculars, and a bird guide (if you have). This walk lasts several hours.
Our Knights in Spiny Armor: Mondays, starting October 17 - Trailhead
8:30am. This short hike with leader, Monty, is about the majestic cactus, the saguaro, which grows only in
the Sonoran Desert. Whether you are new to the desert or simply love saguaros, this event is for you!
Wednesday Guided Bird Walk: Every Wednesday in October - Last Parking Lot by the Main Trailhead
7:30am. Both novice and seasoned birders enjoy the variety of birds that visit and live in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Our experienced bird guide, Mary Ellen, will help you spot and identify various birds as you walk through the park. Please bring binoculars, and a bird guide (if you have). This walk lasts several hours.
Friday Bird Walk: Every Friday in October - Picnic Area Ramada.
7am. Join experienced bird guide, Jim, on a bird walk through the park. He will help you spot and identify the various birds that visit and live in the Santa Catalina Mountains. This is an event for novices, seasoned birders and for every experience level of birder. Please bring binoculars, and a bird guide (if you have). This walks lasts several hours.
November 5 – Jaye Parks and the Show Cats
4pm. Catalina State Park invites you to join Jaye Parks and the Show Cats for a wonderful evening of music by the mountains. Jaye is joined by her husband and music partner, Steven Shochat, who will be playing bass and guitar. Lonesome Lee West, celebrated guitarist, singer, and songwriter will round out the Cats. Come enjoy an evening of acoustic folk and rock; nostalgic to contemporary and original works. All-day admission to the state park is $7 per vehicle (up to four adults). Be sure to join Catalina State Park for our First Saturday Concert in November.
December 3 – Tucson Bandstand
3pm. The Tucson Bandstand invites you to Catalina State Park’s First Saturday Concert Series. They will be sharing 60s and 70s jukebox tunes along with a few holiday tunes! Kick back under the trees and enjoy wonderful music with the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains as a backdrop. All-day admission to the state park is $7 per vehicle (up to four adults). Be sure to join Catalina State Park for our First Saturday Concerts throughout the year.
Join the Buffel Slayers to help eradicate Buffelgrass at Catalina State Park in Tucson! Invasive buffelgrass is highly flammable and impacts native Sonoran Desert plants such as saguaros. For future events, please LIKE this group’s new Facebook page at http://Facebook.com/buffelslayers
Catalina Now Offers 24/7 Online Campground Reservations!
Reserve a campground RV or tent site from the comfort of your home, anytime of day. Make online reservations Site reservations for this park are also available by calling the Reservation Center at (520) 586-2283. You can call 7 days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm MST. There is a $5 non-refundable reservation fee per site.
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Spring 2013 has brought wildflowers to the park. Enjoy a hike or activity during this beautiful time of year. Photo courtesy volunteer Margie Caswell.
Catalina State Park sits at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains. The park is a haven for desert plants and wildlife and nearly 5,000 saguaros. 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, hiking, and biking trails which wind through the park and into the Coronado National Forest at elevations near 3,000 feet. The park is located within minutes of the Tucson metropolitan area.
Park facilities include a campground, 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 accessible. The park also offers an equestrian center which provides a staging area for trail riders with ample trailer parking.
Don't have a horse? Pusch Ridge Stables is an equestrian concessionaire near the park that offers horse rides on designated trails on the north end of the park. Visit puschridgestables.com for more information.
This scenic desert park also offers equestrian trails and an equestrian center provides a staging area for trail riders with plenty of trailer parking. 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.
Catalina State Park is located within Coronado National Forest, and is managed by Arizona State Parks in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.
All programs and events subject to entrance fees of $7 per vehicle, up to four adults. Events subject to change. For all hikes and walks, please bring an adequate water supply, a snack, sunscreen, and wear appropriate clothing, shoes, and hat for the weather conditions. Enjoy the park!
Wednesday: Guided Bird Walks (Final Walk of the Season 6/15)
7:30am. Both novice and seasoned birder enjoy the variety of birds that visit and live in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Our experienced bird guide, Mary Ellen, will help you spot and identify various birds as you walk through the park. Please bring binoculars, and a bird guide (if you have). This eventful walk lasts several hours.
First Saturdays Concert Series:
The first Saturday of every month, enjoy the music in the park with the Santa Catalina Mountains as the backdrop. All shows are at the Trailhead Stage. Concert times vary. Feel free to bring a chair and favorite foods. Free popcorn is provided by the Friends of Catalina State Park. Park entrance fee applies.
Sundays: Guided Hikes
Times vary. Explore the trails of Catalina State Park with experienced hiking guide, Gaston. Consult website to learn of hiking routes. Please register by 4 PM Saturday prior to the hike at VHC.Gaston@gmail.com. For safety reasons, four hikers are required for a hike to occur. As hikes depart promptly, please arrive 5 minutes early. If rain threatens, the guide will phone the registered hiker ASAP or about one hour before the scheduled hike time, whichever comes first. Please inform the guide of any medical condition, medication, or allergy to Aspirin.
The Saguaro (saw-WAH-row,) scientific name Carnegiea gigantean, is a tree-like cactus species of the Cactaceae family, which can grow to be over 50 feet tall or taller than a four-story building. It is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. There are over 5,000 Saguaro in Catalina State Park. The Friends of Catalina SP offer an Adopt a Saguaro Program.
Join the Friends of Catalina SP !
“The mission of the Friends of Catalina State Park is to work in partnership with the park staff and our community to support its volunteers and to promote, improve and preserve Catalina State Park for present and future generations." If you hike, cycle, or ride the park trails … If you enjoy the nature programs with the live snakes, gila monsters and other wild animals … If you enjoy the park’s boulder terrain and mountain vistas … If you want to continue the education programs that hundreds of elementary school children enjoy … Please join us in supporting our park! Learn more at http://www.friendscsp.org
Environmental Education Programs:
Are you looking to schedule an environmental education program? Take a look at the programs we offer at Oracle State Park, located just up the road from Catlina State Park. The Oracle Odyssey and Oracle Adventure are interactive programs that encourage students to connect with the local natural and cultural history. These programs bring ecological concepts learned in the classroom into a real world context. Visit Oracle State Park's website at azstateparks.com/Parks/ORAC or call (520) 896-2425.
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