Facilities available at Catalina State Park.
The Visitor Center/Ranger Station is located at the park entrance and is open approximately 8 am – 5 pm daily. Entrance and camping permits are issued here. Information is available about the park and local vicinity. The visitor center features a small gift shop.
Flush restrooms are available in the visitor center, picnic area, group areas and campgrounds. Waterless restrooms are available at the trail head and equestrian center. All restroom facilities are handicap accessible.
There are two gift shops. A small one located in the visitor center/ranger station at the park entrance. Some of the items offered are postcards, maps, books, field guides, drinking water, snacks, sunscreen, hats and tee-shirts. This shop is open approximately 8 am – 5 pm daily. There is also a Trailhead Gift Shop open seasonally near the bathrooms at the Trailhead.
A few exhibits are located in the Visitor Center.
The park offers a total of 6 reservable group areas. Four (Ringtail, Flycatcher, Granite, and Gila Monster) can be reserved for either day use or overnight camping and two (Picnic Area and Romero Ruins) are only day use. Download Info Packet for minimum and maximum group sizes. Download Reservable Group Areas Information Packet ( 486 KB PDF) and Download Park Map ( 586 KB PDF)
- Call the park at (520) 628-5798 with questions or to make reservations.
- Reservations are required. Reservations will only be accepted no later than 1 day prior to the date being reserved and no earlier than 365 days in advance.
- A reservation fee of $5.00 per site is required, and is non-refundable.
- A facility use fee of $15.00/segment (5 am - Noon and/or 2 - 10 pm) is required at the time of the reservation.
- If the reservation is canceled more than 60 days in advance the user fees are refundable. If the reservation is canceled less than 60 days in advance the user fees are forfeited. Camping ($15/night/vehicle) and Day Use ($7/vehicle) fees are paid on arrival.
- Day Use hours are from 5 am to 10 pm.
- Ringtail is not available as a group area from January 15 - March 31.
- No amplified music/sound.
- Clean up area after use.
- Responsibility of the Fire Pit is taken when the area is reserved.
- The Solar Lights are on timer and will not work until dark. Citizens for Solar and the Solar Guild of Tucson, Arizona donated the Solar Lights.
- There is no electricity at any area.
- Alcohol is allowed.
- Donations are being accepted for a Ramada at Granite Group Area.
- The second vehicle fee can be paid with your reservation or at the park.
Site reservations are 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. You may also reserve campsites 24/7 for this park online
Overnight camping is available in 120 sites, 95 with electric and water hookups and 25 without hookups. Each campsite has a picnic table and BBQ grill. Roads and parking slips are paved. Campgrounds have modern flush restrooms with hot showers. RV dump stations are available in the park. No limit on RV length. Stay limit is 14 nights. Campgrounds are open all year.
From January 1 until March 31 camping fees are:
Campground A (non-electric) = $20/night
Campground A (electric) = $25/night
Campground B = $30/night
Ringtail Campground (overflow) = $15/night
Equestrian camping = $20/night
There is a $15.00 per night fee for second vehicles. Fee will be paid upon arrival at the park. Fee does not apply to vehicles towed behind a primary vehicle when the primary vehicle remains at the site and the towed vehicle is used for transportation.
For cancellation policy see Reservation Policies: Terms & Conditions
Dump Station: Two RV dump stations are available in the park. Free for registered campers. $15 per vehicle dumping fee if not registered in the campground.
Hot showers in the restroom buildings at campgrounds and group areas. For use by registered campers only.
The Picnic Area features tables, BBQ grills, and a modern flush restroom and one 20x40' shade ramada (see next paragraph). Day use hours are 5 am – 10 pm. There are at least 10 picnic tables at each Ramada.
A 20x40' Ramada is now reservable! It has two grills and 10 picnic tables. It is only for day use (5 am – 10 pm); no camping or wood fires are allowed (wood fires are allowed in the group area). The reservation fee is $35 plus the day use entrance fee $7/vehicle.
Hiking, horseback riding and bicycling on the trails are popular activities, with eight trails varying in length and difficulty. Leashed dogs are welcome on all trails. All trails are multi-use except Romero Ruin. Free trail guide available at Visitor Center.
Romero Ruins Interpretive Trail
0.75 mile, loop — no bikes, no horses
Easy loop which begins south of the main road across from the second pull-out. The trail crosses a seasonal wash (feet may get wet) before climbing about 80 steps to the hilltop. The Romero Ruins archaeological site includes the surface features of the remains from a Hohokam village dating back to about 500 A.D. Trailside signs address the archaeology of the site, the Hohokam culture, and the Romero homestead. Plan on 30 minutes of walking time. For the protection of cultural resources no collecting is allowed.
1.0 mile, loop — no horses
Easy loop begins at the Trailhead parking lot, climbs a hill, then meanders through low foothills with typical desert scrub vegetation. Trailside signs feature local plants and animals, in addition to climate and geology information. Plan on 45 minutes of walking time.
1.0 mile, loop — no horses
Easy loop begins at the Trailhead parking lot. The trail crosses a wash (seasonal stream flow may result in wet feet) then loops up and down the foothills. Desert scrub, mesquite bosque, and riparian vegetation are seen with trailside signs highlighting the relationships between certain bird species and their preferred habitat. Plan on 45 minutes of walking time.
1.4 miles, one-way
A flat, easy trail connects the Equestrian Center with the Trailhead parking area. Plan on 45 minutes each way.
Canyon Loop Trail
2.3 miles, loop
Easy hike through the foothills that begins and ends at the Trailhead parking lot. The loop is created by a link connecting the Romero Canyon Trail and the Sutherland Trail. The trail is relatively flat, about halfway around there is a slope with approximately 90 stairs. There is a bypass trail around the steps for horses. Plan on 90 minutes of walking time to complete the loop. The Canyon Loop Trail crosses a wash several times, so seasonal stream flow may result in wet feet.
9.1 miles, one-way — no dogs in Desert Bighorn Sheep Management Area — no bikes in Wilderness Area
First few miles are easy hiking. Beginning at Trailhead parking lot, trail gradually climbs 700 feet. Plan on 90 minutes of walking time from the Trailhead to park boundary. After 1 mile trail weaves in and out of the park and the Coronado National Forest (including the Desert Bighorn Sheep Management Area and the Wilderness Area which is closed to dogs and bicycles respectively). There is a 2.2-mile Trail Link on the north end of the park that connects the Sutherland Trail with the 50-Year Trail. Continuing on Sutherland, this difficult trail climbs through Cargodera Canyon with a steep and rocky ascent to roughly 8,600 feet elevation ending at the Mt. Lemmon Trail (to Mount Lemmon). Total elevation gain of 5,900 feet.
8.6 miles, one-way
A moderate trail that is especially popular with equestrians and mountain bikers. Trail begins at the park’s Equestrian Center and follows a ridgetop 2.6 miles. A 2.2-mile Trail Link connects the 50-Year Trail with the Sutherland Trail. Or after leaving the park, trail continues for 6 miles through open desert. Terrain is up-and-down through the foothills with a few-hundred feet of elevation gain. Plan on 4 hours of walking time each way for the entire 8.6-mile length of this trail.
Romero Canyon Trail
7.2 miles, one-way — no dogs in Desert Bighorn Sheep Management Area, beyond Montrose Pools — no bikes in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness — not recommended for horses beyond Montrose Pools
Progressively difficult trail. Montrose Pools and Romeo Pools are shallow catchments on canyon streams that flow seasonally. Start at the Trailhead parking lot and cross Sutherland Wash, which flows seasonally. The first mile is a relatively flat and easy walk to Montrose Pools (usually dry) and the park boundary. The next 1.7 miles is a steep and rocky climb to Romero Pools. Poor trail conditions might be encountered as this is an un-maintained wilderness trail. From the Trailhead to Romero Pools is 2.8 miles with an elevation gain of 900 feet. Plan on 2 hours of walking one way from the Trailhead to the pools.
To continue to Romero Pass, follow the trail to your right as it ascends out of the streambed. The trail then slowly climbs up-canyon 4.4 miles to Romero Pass at 6,000 feet elevation. From the Trailhead to Romero Pass is 7.2 miles with an elevation gain of 3,300 feet, about a 5-hour hike one way. Romero Canyon Trail ends at Romero Pass, where it intersects Mt. Lemmon Trail (to Mt. Lemmon) and West Fork Sabino Trail (to Sabino Canyon).
An equestrian staging and camping area is available for visitors who trailer their own livestock into the park. Stock can be off-loaded for day rides, or riders can camp with their animals. Twelve pens are available first-come, first-served (no charge for pens). Picnic tables, BBQ grills, a restroom, and drinking water are available. Horses or stock animals are not permitted on the Nature Trail, Birding Trail, and Romero Ruin Interpretive Trail, or in picnic/camping areas or on paved roads.
- No reservations
- First come first serve
- Camping or day use (no desiginated sites)
- 12 corrals
- Wood fires allowed in designated fire pits
- Vault toilet
- Hitching Posts
- Mounting/dismounting steps
- Water, no electricity
- January 1 – March 31 camping fees are $20/night/vehicle. The remainder of the year camping fees are $15/vehicle/night; $7 vehicle day use
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.
Cycling is permitted on all park trails except Romero Ruin Trail.
A variety of desert wildlife inhabit the park, including over 170 species of birds. Mammals of interest include deer, coyote, javelina, bobcat, and jackrabbit. Most desert animals are nocturnal, so early morning and late evening viewing are best. Any of the park trails offer good opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife viewing.
Download Printable Bird List ( 435 KB PDF)
- Alamo Lake
- Buckskin Mountain
- Cattail Cove
- Lake Havasu
- River Island
- Yuma Quartermaster Depot
- Yuma Territorial Prison
- Dead Horse Ranch
- Fort Verde
- Red Rock
- Riordan Mansion
- Slide Rock
- Verde River Greenway
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum
- Fool Hollow Lake
- Lost Dutchman
- Lyman Lake
- Tonto Natural Bridge