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Catalina State Park is a 5,800-acre (23.4 km2) state park in Pima County, Arizona, United States. The park is in the Santa Catalina Mountains, just outside Oro Valley, Arizona. The park is home to a variety of plant and animal life, including mountain lions, coyotes, deer, and a variety of birds. The park offers a host of recreational activities, including hiking, camping, fishing, and horseback riding.
The park was established in 1974 and is one of Arizona’s most popular state parks. The park is open year-round and offers activities for all ages.
Humans have inhabited the Catalina Mountains for at least 12,000 years. The area’s first known inhabitants were the Hohokam people, who lived there from about 1000 BC to 1500 AD. The Hohokam were followed by the O’odham people, who continue to live in Southwestern Arizona today.
The first Europeans to see the Catalina Mountains were Spanish explorers in the 16th century. The mountains were named after the Santa Catalina de Siena, a Catholic saint.
In the 19th century, the Catalina Mountains became a popular destination for miners and ranchers. The mountains were also used as a military training ground during the Mexican-American War and the Civil War.
The Catalina Mountains were established as a State Park in 1974, created to protect the mountains’ natural beauty and provide a place for recreation and education.
Catalina State Park offers a variety of recreational activities, including:
Catalina State Park has many attractions, including:
There are 100 campsites in Catalina State Park, including both RV and tent sites. The campsites are located in a variety of settings, including meadows, forests, and near lakes.
Campsites are abundant on a first-come, first-served basis, and reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance.
The entrance fee to Catalina State Park is $7 per vehicle, $3 for individuals and bicycles, and a $10 fee for camping.
The park is open year-round from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM; see Catalina Park for more information.
Catalina State Park is about 15 miles (24 km) north of Tucson, east of Oro Valley, Arizona. The park is accessible by car, bus, and bicycle.
By car: Take 77 (Oracle) north to 11570 N. Oracle Road, 32°25′0″N 110°56′15″W.
By bicycle: Several bicycle trails lead to the park
Phone: (520) 749-8700