Catalina State Park
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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. Watch the Tucson Fox 11 News coverage or the release video from AZ Game & Fish Department. 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.
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.
First Saturdays Concert Series
On the First Saturday of the month enjoy an evening concert at the Trailhead with standard park admission. Bring a chair, and your own food and water to enjoy these concerts! Concerts will be canceled during severe weather. Sponsored by the Friends of Catalina SP. Download Concert Series Flier ( 586 KB PDF)
December 7: 4 pm. Wendy Sweet
January 4: 4 pm. Annon and the Late Show
February 1: 4:30 pm. Robert Murillo
March 1: 5 pm. Jimmy and the Jitterbugs http://jimmyandthejitterbugs.com
April 5: 5 pm. Saguaro Sunset Bluegrass Band
Wednesday Romero Ruins Adventure Walk
10 am Every Wednesday at the Romero Ruins Ramada. Learn the history behind the Ruins in this 1 mile kid friendly walk.
Saturday Wildlife Exhibit
Enjoy live animals and kids activities every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm, weather permitting (temperatures in the 50s and not raining or very windy). A crew of volunteer assistants enchant visitors at the park trail head with a menagerie of reptiles, arachnids, and animals who inhabit the Sonoran Desert. Some animals that may be on exhibit include rattlesnakes, Gopher snakes, Gila Monsters, desert tortoise, tarantula, and scorpions! Participants should meet at the Trailhead.
Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday Bird Walks
Picnic Area: Every Friday & Sunday 8:30 am at the Picnic Area
Trailhead: Every Wednesday 7:30 am at the Trailhead *Note: time change 8 am in Dec.
Whether you are a novice or a season birder come and enjoy the birds that visit and live in the Catalina’s.
Sunday Morning Guided Hike
Registration is required by calling Gaston at (520) 638-5404. Registration must be made by 4 pm the day before the hike. For all hikes, please bring water, hat, and if you wish, a snack. Must wear hiking boots. Please note: Four hikers are required for a hike to take place. Sorry but children under the age of 10 and dogs are not permitted. Hike destinations are subject to change. Registered hikers will be notified in advance if there is a cancellation due to weather.
- December 08, 2013: 8:00 am Walter’s Cascade & beyond ("Hidden Cyn”) [7-9mi/1300’] Park and meet at main trailhead.
- December 15, 2013: 8:00 am “The hole-in-the-boulder and the “cabin” loop [6-7mi/300’] Park and meet at main trailhead.
- December 22, 2013: 8:00 am “Catalina’s Medium Loop” [7-8mi/300’] Park and meet at Equestrian Center.
- December 29, 2013: 8:00 am Stock Tank/East Loop Trails [8-9mi/1000’] Park and meet at main trailhead.
Dec. 9: Archaeology Walk
10 am at Romero Ruins Ramada. Come hike 1 mile and learn about prehistoric life in the shadows of the Catalina Mountains. Every Second Monday of the Month. (Dates: 1/13, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12)
Meet at the Trailhead at 4 pm. Richard Boyer as he presents “Bighorn Basics” for a 35 minute talk to learn more about bighorn sheep - including reintroduction efforts and updates on a proposed wildlife corridor to cross Highway 77 near Catalina. What are they? Where have they been? Where are they now? Many of the tools we use can be compared to the tools the Bighorn Sheep use to survive in mountainous areas of Arizona. (Dates: 1/26, 2/23, 3/16, 4/27)
Three hikes to choose from! 8 am: Best Short Trails Loop, 6-7 miles, 300’ elevation gain, meet at main Trailhead parking lot. 8 am: Bird Walk at Main Trailhead, whether you are a novice or a season birder come and enjoy the birds that visit and live in the Catalina’s. 10 am: Romero Ruins Adventure Walk: Learn the history behind the Ruins in a 1-mile family friendly hike!. Read about other park's First Day Hikes
Jan. 4: A Walk on the Wild Side
9 am at the Trailhead. Join Catalina State Park volunteer, Richard Boyer, for "A Walk on the Wild Side," which will be offered periodically throughout the winter/spring season. The talk/walk will be held on the Nature Trail at the park. Featuring several activities for families, the program will last about one hour and fifteen minutes. Learn about animals of the park, get a close look at the desert floor, take a "picture" of the park, experience the web of life, and wind up with a writing experience. Boyer will provide all materials and activities. Those attending should wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and be prepared to "climb the hill" to the beginning of the Nature Trail. (Dates: 2/1, 3/1, 3/29, 5/3)
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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.
Join the Friends of Catalina SP !
The mission of this group is “To solicit funds and mobilize public support for projects and activities at Catalina State Park in Tucson, Arizona." 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
Tree Dedication Program
Plant a tree to commemorate a lost loved one, the birth of a child, or to celebrate a special occasion such as a wedding or anniversary! Choose the native tree and planting location from among designated areas in the park. A 3 x 5” commemorative plaque located in the entrance station is included. Park Rangers will plant and maintain the tree. The cost to dedicate a tree is $350-$400 (depending on tree species). To dedicate a tree or for more information contact the park office at (520) 628-5798. Or by email shaas(at)azstateparks.gov
Catalina Adventure Program!
An Environmental Education Program for Grades 1–3
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 ( 807 KB PDF)
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