~Catalina State Park

~Catalina State Park in Oro Valley, AZ – End of 2022

I don’t believe there is anything negative I could say about this park. It is a “gem” of an Arizona state park. It is so well loved that it is hard to get reservations during the winter months.

Catalina State Park is located at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. It is home to nearly 5,000 saguaros and desert plants. There are 5,500 acres of foothills and canyons that offer opportunities for camping, hiking, and bird watching. The park is home to more than 150 species.

If you get tired of bird watching you can ride your horse or your bike. Right outside the  park you can connect to the walking/riding trail system called The Loop and ride or walk for miles and miles. I believe The Loop is 131 miles long.

There are restaurants and shopping minutes away. If you get tired of the serenity of the park you can visit some of the other local attractions: https://azstateparks.com/catalina/things-to-do/area-attractions

 We have visited this park so many times over the years and it never gets old. It is a favorite destination of ours.

Clouds over the Santa Catalina mountains.

I think I might have a few bird photos to share  😉 along with some beautiful sunset photos. Until next time….

4 thoughts on “~Catalina State Park”

  1. I love this park. We have not ever stayed there in the RV, but have spent many morning bird watching and hiking. Surrounded by all its beauty. Your photos are so pretty Sheila. Next time you are in the area, give us a shout. Can’t wait to see your bird photos!

  2. Yikes! Don’t sing Catalina’s praises so loudly, it’s already impossible to get a site there! Seriously, it’s one of our favorite places to stay. Even since buying a home in Arizona we still try to get to Catalina once in a while but it’s harder and harder to snag a spot.

    1. Hi Sue! It is becoming hard to find spots in a lot of state parks, not just AZ. 😦 Florida is almost impossible. I hope you guys are enjoying your new home in AZ, and enjoy your travels this summer.

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