So close to Tucson! Take in a game at U of A. Go shopping. Explore the area. This park is in a prime location. Large sites, hiking trails for all levels.
Nice RV hookups but great tent sites as well. Desert vegetation so don't count on much shade. Best in the fall or spring. Summer is Hot!
Stayed here for a scout outing and I am not sure how I've managed to stay away since.
Honestly because this park is basically in my backyard is the only reason I haven't returned. I know that sounds stupid, but you know how we take our local area for granted. Otherwise, I would love to spend a weekend or two in this spacious, clean jewel. Nice facilities and paved roads make it easy to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Don't forget your bicycles either. Regardless if you just pedal around the park or if you venture out into bike friendly Tucson you will love it here.
This such a nice quiet park.. stars are great at night! Hiking trails nearby, bicycles, horse trails. Nice big private sites.
Nice campground with shower and toilets. Dogs are allowed on a leash. Water is available.
Love this campground! Close enough to civilization for first time campers, rugged enough for experienced outdoors families. Plenty of hiking available, trees for shade, and room for activities. The bathroom and showers are big, spacious and incredibly clean.
We stayed 2 nights at Catalina State Park in early May. We were in site B48 - this site was at the edge of the loop so it was nice and fairly private - but there was very little shade. I probably wouldn't pick that site again in the warmer months! There were a lot of other sites that had some trees around them and seemed much shadier. Campground was very clean. Bathrooms were spotless with giant free showers, which was awesome. The bathrooms were a pretty long walk from our site (there is only one bathroom facility for that loop). There are some trails in the park. We saw (and heard) coyote, prairie dogs, and a rattlesnake eating a prairie dog along a trail right behind our campground loop! We explored nearby Tuscon (interesting town with really cool murals and a great craft beer scene) and Saguaro National Park (about 30-45 minutes away). The park is very quiet and peaceful, yet very close to stores and a main road if you need anything. The campsite we were in had full hookups for electricity and water (we were in a campervan and didn't need them but it was nice to have access to).
Camping in Catalina state park is pretty standard camping. It is well maintained and very clean. We found the sites to be pretty spacious and there were fire rings and picnic tables which always makes cooking and eating way more enjoyable.
This campground is a great place to camp if your going to enjoy Saguaro NP and wanna see that fancy cactus. We were here in December and there were hardly any people. There are showers here which are huge while you living out of a van. Get your showers in while you can. We saw a giant praying mantis while we were here and some coyotes. Theres definitely a bunch of wild life around the park.
Group site with 20 people. Close to the trailheads and bike trails.
Large area with plenty of room for everyone to spread out. Each site come with the the filling amenities:
-Large Pavilion - solar powered night light
-Plenty of picnic tables
-Trash and Recycling bins
-Amazing Bathrooms - SERIOUSLY AWESOME!
Catalina SP is amazingly beautiful! The group camping areas are set up very nicely being easy to do all camp activities in a large space. The camp is nestled into the mountains so it's so green and great for nature walks! We saw a pair of owls keeping their nest safe. Side note: the showers were awesome!