Park Event Calendar
Saturday, February 6, 2016: Mari Loehrlein
3pm. Pop, Folk and Country. This will be Mari's first time playing here and you can check out her music on cdbaby.com and look for her album titled Love Blues.
Sunday, February 7, 2016: Trail Exploratory Hike [8-9mi/900']
8am. Park at Romero Ruins Parking, CSP. Hike towards Alamo Canyon and West Ridge trail on Stock Tank Trail until we get to the SW trail to explore. Return by Ram's Fields' Trail and
CSP, to cars. Gaston Meloche. VHC.Gaston@gmail.com
Sunday, February 7, 2016: Bighorn Basics - Trailhead Stage
4pm. As the Bighorn Sheep have recently been reintroduced into the Santa Catalina Mountains, Learn about these animals through a family friendly, interactive talk given by Richard, retired Park Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park.
Sunday, February 14, 2016: Hidden Canyon Hike [9mi/1375’]
8am. Park and meet at Romero Ruins parking area (ask for map and a map at entrance kiosk). Return, in part, by same trails. Gaston Meloche. VHC.Gaston@gmail.com
Sunday, February 14 & 21, 2016: Geology Walk - Picnic Area Ramada
9am. How were the Santa Catalina Mountains formed? What are some of the different rocks in the park? Learn about the geology of Catalina State Park with experienced geologist, Karen. The walk takes several hours.
Saturday, February 20, 2016 Johny Cashew
3pm. Acoustic Country. Visit Johny on his Facebook page HERE.
Sunday, February 21, 2016 - Cliffs/Rolling West Hike Dunes Loop [7mi/400']
8am. Park at Equestrian Center. Hike from there. Gaston Meloche. VHC.Gaston@gmail.com
Monday, February 22, 2016: Adventures with the Moon - Romero Ruins Ramada
7:30pm. The Moon, Earth’s only natural satellite, with its mystery and intrigue, continues to provide interest to Earth’s Humans. Join Catalina State Park volunteer, Richard, as he takes you to the moon and back through interactive activities and displays.
Sunday, February 28, 2016 - Stock Tank and Rams Field Pass Loop Hike [9mi/1200’]
8am. Park at the Romero Ruins parking. Hike to Stock Tank. Return via Rams Field, down and across CDO Wash to cars. Gaston Meloche. VHC.Gaston@gmail.com
Join the Buffel Slayers to help eradicate Buffelgrass at Catalina State Park in Tucson! Invasive buffelgrass is highly flammable and impacts native Sonoran Desert plants such as saguaros. For future events, please LIKE this group’s new Facebook page at http://Facebook.com/buffelslayers
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.
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.
All programs and events subject to entrance fees of $7 per vehicle, up to four adults. Events subject to change. For all hikes and walks, please bring an adequate water supply, a snack, sunscreen, and wear appropriate clothing, shoes, and hat for the weather conditions. Enjoy the park!
By Appointment: Romero Ruins Adventure Walk
Park Ranger, Jack, leads a tour of the Romero Ruins Trail, where the whole family can learn about the history and mystery surrounding the Hohokam’s largest ruin site in the park. To schedule a tour, please call Jack at 520-628-5798.
First Saturdays Concert Series:
The first Saturday of every month, enjoy the music in the park with the Santa Catalina Mountains as the backdrop. All shows are at the Trailhead Stage. Concert times vary. Feel free to bring a chair and favorite foods. Free popcorn is provided by the Friends of Catalina State Park. Park entrance fee applies.
Catalina State Park Nature Program: Saturdays, Trailhead
10am.-1pm. Learn and see many reptiles that live naturally in the Sonoran Desert. Listen to our experts talk about the creatures and their adaptions for surviving in the desert. This is a live reptile exhibit and much more! This is fun for all ages! Program is weather permitting.
Guided Hikes: Times vary. Sundays. Hike Meeting Locations Vary
Explore the trails of Catalina State Park with experienced hiking guide, Gaston. Consult website to learn of hiking routes. Please register by 4 PM Saturday prior to the hike at VHC.Gaston@gmail.com. For safety reasons, four hikers are required for a hike to occur. As hikes depart promptly, please arrive 5 minutes early. If rain threatens, the guide will phone the registered hiker ASAP or about one hour before the scheduled hike time, whichever comes first. Please inform the guide of any medical condition, medication, or allergy to Aspirin.
Sunday Guided Bird Walk: Every Sunday, Picnic Area
8am. Join experienced bird guide, Max, on a bird walk through the park. He will help you spot and identify the various birds that visit and live in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. This is eventful for novices as well as seasoned birders. Please bring binoculars, and a bird guide (if you have). This walk lasts several hours.
Our Knights in Spiny Armor: Mondays, Trailhead
8:30am. This short hike with leader, Monty, is about the majestic cactus, the saguaro, which grows only in the Sonoran Desert. Whether you are new to the desert or just love saguaros, this event is for you!
Wednesday Guided Bird Walk: Every Wednesday, Trailhead Parking Lot Picnic Tables
8am. Both novice and seasoned birder enjoy the variety of birds that visit and live in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Our experienced bird guide, Mary Ellen, will help you spot and identify various birds as you walk through the park. Please bring binoculars, and a bird guide (if you have). This eventful walk lasts several hours.
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 Saguaro 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
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
Five Days 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)
- Alamo Lake
- Buckskin Mountain
- Cattail Cove
- Lake Havasu
- River Island
- Yuma Quartermaster Depot
- Yuma Territorial Prison
- Dead Horse Ranch
- Fort Verde
- Red Rock
- Riordan Mansion
- Slide Rock
- Verde River Greenway
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum
- Fool Hollow Lake
- Lost Dutchman
- Lyman Lake
- Tonto Natural Bridge