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Catalina State Park

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Address: 11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737-9589
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This beautiful park north of Tucson is great for hiking, picnicking and...

This beautiful park north of Tucson is great for hiking, picnicking and other outdoors activities.

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Hiked up to Romera Pools

Not an easy trail. If you are not in shape, don't attempt it. It was well worth the hike to make it to the pools. Beautiful. We wore our suits underneath our hiking clothes so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
peggy092158
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Homer Glen, Illinois

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Homer Glen, Illinois
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not an easy trail. If you are not in shape, don't attempt it. It was well worth the hike to make it to the pools. Beautiful. We wore our suits underneath our hiking clothes so we could swim when we arrived at the pools. Loved it!

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Thank peggy092158
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to the lower pools and rather than just stop there, we decided to follow the stream up until we came to the end. We took our time and saw so many fantastic things. A hummingbird was building a nest and every time we turned around, we were startling frogs and lizards as they blended into the rocks. It's... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great walking trails that were easy to follow through natural landscape. We saw lots of different kinds of cactus blooming and lizards. Thankfully no snakes but there were signs informing to be aware. Very enjoyable and healthy too.

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Thank Laurie3355
Beaver, Pennsylvania, United States
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This park offers a variety of hiking trails that are different lengths and difficulty. Information about the wildlife is offered periodically on signs along the trails.

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Thank Ed S
Denver, CO
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice out-of-the-way park that includes wonderful saguaro forests and other desert foliage. Great for hiking or horseback riding (we did both). Good facilities. Bring plenty of water.

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park offers a variety of hiking options including short, level and easily accessible trails. There are more intense trails that offer a unique opportunity to see the many varieties of desert vegetation. If you're lucky and hike earlier in the morning, you may have a close encounter with some of the desert animals as well. There are picnic tables... More 

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Thank SBMarana
Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Catalina State Park has a lot of bird species to see. Entrance fee is $7.00 per vehicle (maximum of four people). The park ranger was helpful. The trails are easy to follow and are usually in loops so no chance of getting lost. The rest rooms at the Equestrian Trail and Trail Head do not have proper flushing toilets just... More 

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Vernon, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Catalina State Park is on the eastern edge of the Catalina Mountains, and offers camping, hiking, and some historical ruins. In more wet times in the winter, low water crossings may be an issue, and the "ruins" are rather unimpressive and you wouldn't really notice them without the signs on the trail. There are many good hikes and natural areas... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easily reached park near Tucson. Hike the Sutherland trail which is easy-moderate in difficulty. Desert in bloom with spectacular blooms. The trails are very well marked

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Arizona
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great for hikers, families...THIS is the real desert without the touristy trappings. Bring water and a camera!

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