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Location

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Elevation 2,650 feet   Fees

Contact the Park:
(520) 628-5798
Catalina SP
11570 N. Oracle Rd
Tucson, AZ 85737

Facilities

Visitor Center Restrooms Gift Shop Exhibits Group: Day Use Areas Group: Camping Sites Camping Electric RV Sites Non Electric RV Sites Dump Station Showers Picnic Areas/Shelters Hiking Trails Equestrian Trails Biking Wildlife Viewing

Nearest Services: 1 mile

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511 Speed Code

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Park's Speed Code: 4206#

Fees

Park Entrance Fees:
Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
Individual/Bicycle: $3.00

Camping Fees:
Non-Electric: $15-25
Electric site: $30

Fee Schedule

Friends Group

Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge

Friends of Catalina State Park, dedicated to mobilizing public support for the park


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PARK UPDATE


New and improved paved roads coming to Catalina State Park! Through June 6th there will be road construction and paving in the following areas
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – Campground A closed/Campground B open
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - Campground A closed/Campground B open
Thursday, June 2, 2016 – Campground A (sites 26-49) open/Campground A (sites 1-25) closed/Campground B closed
Friday, June 3, 2016 – Campground A open/Campground B closed
Saturday, June 4, 2016 – Campground A open/Campground B closed
Sunday, June 5, 2016 – All campgrounds open and resume normal operations

We apologize for the inconvenience but look forward to the new and improved campground roads.

Thank You. Park Management


Park Event Calendar

Download June Event Calendar (PDF Document 33 KB PDF)

Catalina First Saturday Concert Series

June 4, 2016 – Annon and the Late Show

7pm. Annon and the Late Show invites you to Catalina State Park’s First Saturday Concert Series. Bring your friends and enjoy an evening listening to smooth rhythm and blues with a soulful Latin flare. Kick back under the trees and and enjoy wonderful music with the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains as a backdrop. Check out their facebook at http://bit.ly/1NDLOZx . 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 summer.

National Trails Day
Saturday, June 4 - National Trails Day

6:30pm. In conjunction with the American Hiking Society, this Oro Valley Parks and Recreation nighttime hike meets at the trailhead, continues on the Sutherland Trail, and concludes with a snack. Please bring water and a flashlight. This event is appropriate for families. For more information and for T-shirts:  www.nationaltrailsday.org

July 2, 2016 - Mike Moutoux – New Mexico’s Enchanting Cowboy

7pm. Join Mike Moutoux, New Mexico’s Enchanting Cowboy, for our First Saturday Concert in Catalina State Park. Get ready to ride along as Mike shares classic cowboy music. He will also be sharing the unique American art form of cowboy poetry. Visit his website at www.mikemoutoux.com . All-day admission to the park is $7 per vehicle and the concert is included with park admission. Join Mike on July 2nd at 7:00pm and look forward to the next concert on the First Saturday in August.

August 6, 2016 – Michael P. and Jen Rinio

6pm. Join Michael P. and Jen Rinio for a First Saturday Concert at Catalina State Park. This duo will be featuring voice, guitar and harmonies covering timeless tunes from Billie Holiday to "B-side" Beatles, Etta James, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry and more. All-day admission to the park is $7 per vehicle and the concert is included with park admission. Join us for First Saturday Concerts throughout the summer.

September 3, 2016 - Saguaro Sunset Trio

6pm. Catalina State Park is pleased to host the Saguaro Sunset Trio for the First Saturday Concert in September. The Trio combines harmonizing vocals, instrumentation, and rhythm for an entertaining set. Saguaro Sunset Trio will be playing easy listening bluegrass, country, and folk music. All-day admission to the park is $7 per vehicle and the concert is included with park admission. Be sure to join us at 6:00pm on September 3 and check back for our First Saturday Concert in October!


Buffel SlayersBuffel Slayers!

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 External Link

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 More 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.

Big Horn Sheep Release

On Monday, November 18, 2013, 31 Bighorn Sheep were re-introduced to the Santa Catalina Mountains next to Catalina SP in Tucson. Next year another 30 will be released with the hope the population can return to 100 sheep. Note: To protect the herd, dogs are now restricted on many trails in the area. Desert Bighorn Sheep Re-Introduction Regulations (PDF Document 482 KB PDF)


Introductory Park Video

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Giant Saguaro Cacti along the Canyon Loop Trail
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 External Link 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.

On-Going Events

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

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.

Catalina Concert SeriesFirst 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.


Tree Dedication ProgramAdopt a Saguaro

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.External Link

Join the Friends of Catalina SP !

Friends Group“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 External Link

Five Days Adventure Program!

An Environmental Education Program for Grades 1–3

Catalina Adventure Program!The Catalina Adventure Program! is a 2-hour environmental awareness program designed for sensory learning for grades 1–3. This participatory and interactive field trip, led by trained naturalists, focuses on developing an awareness of nature through the senses. Appreciation of the natural world and our relationship to it is emphasized during a series of hands-on activities along a trail in the 5,500 acre park.

Students get to explore and learn to use all of their senses. The trail walk and activities apply the concepts of using the five senses learned in the classroom to improve the students’ understanding of the natural world. Teachers receive a packet with pre- and post-visit classroom activities to enhance the on-site experience. The materials contain specific key concepts, teacher background information, and student activity sheets. The Catalina Adventure Program begins in October 2010. There is currently a fee of $2 per student.

For more information or to schedule a trip, please contact the park office at (520) 628-5798 for details. Download Adventure Program Info (PDF Document 807 KB PDF)


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