Catalina State Park
Start 2015 off on the "right foot" with a morning hike through the gorgeous Catalina Mountains.
8 am. Meet at the Equestrian Center parking area. Join Volunteer Gaston Meloche for a hike on the 50-year trail loop. This is a seven-mile hike with 450 feet elevation gain. This is a relatively easy hike and participants will return on an equally pleasing trail to make the loop.
Want to make a weekend out of it? Camp or bring your RV to the park and wake up in the Catalina Mountains!
CALL (520) 586-2283 FOR RESERVATIONS TODAY!
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.
Download our NEW Winter 2014-15 Calendar of Events
Make the most of your next family trip and plan to take in a Star Party, nature talk, a guided hike, learn about diverse desert wildlife or geology!
There's something for everyone at "Your" Catalina State park.
Get the NEW calendar here ( 141 KB PDF)
Looking for some great planned hikes in the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains? Check out the Sunday hikes here.
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.
Stay Tuned for Upcoming January Concerts Schedule or check our Winter event calendar for more info.
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 ( 482 KB PDF)
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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.
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 Saguoro 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
Meet at Trailhead. Join Catalina State Park volunteer Richard Boyer as he presents “Bighorn Basics”. Many of the tools we use can be compared to the tools the Bighorn Sheep use to survive in mountainous areas of Arizona. Learn more about Bighorn Sheep at this talk. For several years Richard was was a ranger at Rocky Mountain NP in Colorado.
- Dec. 28, 4 pm
- Jan. 25, 2015, 4 pm
- Feb 22, 2015, 4 pm
- Mar 29, 2015, 4 pm
- April 19, 2015, 4 pm
Friends of Catalina SP Win Grant!
In March 2014, the Friends of Catalina SP won one of Summit Hut's $2,000 grants! Congratulations to the Friends of Catalina SP for submitting and winning this grant!
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 $300-$315 (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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