Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona
Opinion: Highly Recommended. The park is well maintained.
Amenities: Equestrian Center, picnic area, trail heads and well marked hiking trails, bike trails, birding (over 150 species of birds have been seen in the park) opportunities, and campgrounds.
Hikers are cautioned to follow Leave No Trace principles by being prepared, following good trail use principles, following guidelines for waste disposal while hiking, and respecting the land & animals. Hiking in the desert can be dangerous but if you are prepared, it can be very enjoyable.
Trails ranged from a 0.75 mile loop (Romero Ruins Interpretative Trail) to a 9.1 mile one way (Sutherland Trail) and six trails in-between.
Dates of Stay: March 26-30, 2017
Overview of Sites: Over 120 RV pads with electric and water – all sites range in length but the park can accommodate all RVs, drive through and back-in sites, level sites, asphalt pads, and interior roads are paved.
Laundry: No laundry on site.
Restrooms: Clean and well stocked restrooms.
Rate: We paid $35/nightly water/electric. Park has dump station. Two week maximum stay.
Our Site/Phone/TV: Site B20 – Verizon and AT&T worked for phone, poor wifi at site but it was at the recreation room, cable television (12 channels)
Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: It is located on the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The park is a haven for desert plants and wildlife. The park is spread out over 5,500 areas of foothills, canyons and streams, but at the same time is near Tucson, a large metropolitan area and is at an elevation of about 3,000 ft.
Lighting/Noise: No obtrusive lighting or noise at night.
Favorite Camper Site: None
RV Reservations: Reservations are made by calling 520-586-2283
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