Catalina State Park

Tucson, Arizona


11570 N Oracle Rd
Tucson, Arizona 85737
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Sites: 120
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 32.42601878158
Longitude: -110.92709496617

Elevation: 2714' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral yes
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi no
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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166 Reviews

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Great bathroom facilities. Tiled showers. Sealed roads and parking but my one complaint is the picnic table and bbq area were dirt. Also think $30 is a bit high for SP but that seems to be AZ policy everywhere. Great walks in the park and a good shopping centre across the road from the entrance to the park. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A3
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Lovely park. We will go back. Great hiking and biking. Huge sites. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Try The Keg restaurant across the way. Excellent and reasonable price.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Catalina has two campgrounds: A is more rural, with mature vegetation, while B is younger and easier to see your neighbors. At least for A, there is a one-way driving loop. To avoid having to drive the entire loop, reserve site 24 if you want a pull-through and site 1 or 25 for a back-in. Site 1 doesn't enter the loop; but for 24 and 25, you will have to enter the loop where the sign indicates no entry. Site 11 has the most shade; 18 is, relatively, the most secluded. Both campgrounds have clean, modern bathroom/shower facilities. The toilet stalls need hangers for towels, clothing, etc. And the A facility often smells like fish, for a reason unknown to me. The showers are wonderful, however. They are elegantly tiled, as if you were staying at the Hilton complex down the road. The problem is the shower layout is stupid, as water will splash under the shower curtain and onto the floor of the small, adjacent changing area. The soap dish also is far too small to handle a bar of soap and a shampoo bottle. If you take a several-minute shower at night, the timed bathroom lights will go out, although the shower light remains on. It's as if you're in a fishy teen horror flick! There's plenty of hiking and birding to be done here, and dozens of other birding locations within an hour's drive. The Tucson Audubon Society operates a small gift/snack shop at the Catalina trail head parking lot. But horses are allowed on some trails, so watch for road apples. There's no wifi internet here, so try San Carlos' Grill in the shopping plaza across from the park on Hwy. 77. Or, try the modern Oro Valley library, a few miles from the park entrance. Get directions from the ranger's station. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A24
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a Fry's grocery south on Hwy. 77, which might be cheaper than the closer Safeway on First St. Safeway has a gas station with prices that seem to be about a low as you'll find without driving further.

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Review Count: 60
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a perfect example of what a state park should be. The views are great. The location was fantastic for shopping. Best Buy, Walmart, Petsmart are literally across the street form the entrance as well as other stores. Down the road anything you could want. The neighborhood was very clean, high end and safe. The park itself was immaculate. There are tons of great hiking trails in the park. Across the street is a paved biking trail that goes for I have no idea how far. I rode it 10 miles then called it a day but it goes much further. As you enter the shopping area where Best Buy is, on your left you will see the paved off road biking path. It was amazing. I wish I could have stayed longer but I had to move on. I would gladly stay here again. I echo what previous reviewers have said about Ringtail not being nice but A and B are both nice. There were only a couple of good OTA channels and ATT was dropping calls even though it showed 1-2 bars of service. I found Verizon calls to be stable but the data was slow. in the neighborhood of 3mb/s download speed which would go up to 5 or 6 at times. It was still usable but at times kinda slow. T mobile was good for streaming data. I never bothered putting my booster up because it wasn't bothering me that much. Site accessibility (Easy in and out. Roads in good condition, good signs) - 5 Campground location (Perfect location to Tucson, nice surroundings) - 5 Nearby amenities (Shopping literally across the street) - 5 Site Privacy (Good spacing) - 4 Campground amenities (Clean bathrooms/showers. On site dump) - 4 Dog friendly (Great hiking trails, nice walks around camp) - 5 Activities (Lots of hiking, great biking, shopping) - 5 Cost ($30/night for 50 amp W/E) - 4 Staff friendliness (Friendly but not in your business) - 5 Connectivity (2 major OTA networks and some fillers, ATT dropped calls, Verizon was slow but usable) - 3 Total rating = 4.5. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Really doesn't get any better for then this for us. Plenty of room between sites, great hiking, close to all the services you could need, very clean bathrooms, perfectly kept up, easy to drive roads, big sites, several dump sites. No fires allowed. Need reservations, a little road noise, many locals hiking on the weekends, need drive through town to get to it, and watch your pets, the coyotes wander the campground at all hours. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
B70
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here three nights. Our site was in Loop A, and had water and electric. The restrooms and showers in both loops were clean. B Loop looks newer and has more room, but there are also more sites in that loop. There are coyotes that roam freely, and they seem not to be bothered by humans. Also saw roadrunners. There are several short hikes nearby, and we did a couple of them. Next time we'll be able to plan further ahead so we can stay here longer. Reservations are a must in the cooler season, and I could only find one spot with 3 nights in a row available, even 3 weeks ahead of time. It's quiet and desert beautiful, and the sunsets are breathtaking. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A44
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Across Oracle Rd from the park entrance is a modern, fairly large shopping center with a Walmart, movie theater, and several eating establishments along with shopping. Easy bike ride to get dinner or provisions. Inside the park, we highly recommend the best archaeological tour in the world. The ranger is very entertaining and engaging, and obviously passionate about the subject. The area is a treasure, in more ways than one.

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Review Count: 124
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

A clean, well-maintained State Park, with level, spacious, paved sites. Good, paved interior roads. Great mountain views, plenty of trails, lots of wildlife - roadrunners & coyotes visited our site daily. Very clean restrooms/showers. Nearby restaurants, shopping, etc.; plenty to do nearby. Campgrounds were full the 2 weeks we were here - I'd recommend a reservation well in advance. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A1
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 168
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 36

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

I would echo the most previous reviewer. This is a very well run state park and it's obviously very popular with local day users who begin coming in to the trailhead early in the day. The sites are nicely laid out, level, and paved under the RV. Most sites are back in, but there are also pull-throughs. The restrooms were immaculate and the showers were private. In loop A, reservations can be made for W&E or dry camping. If the latter, the park puts a lock on the electrical panel to prevent use. About the only drawback for this park to serve as a staging point for visits to Tucson attractions, it's 14 miles to Tucson on very tedious Route 77, with stoplights every third of a mile or so that always seem to turn red as drivers approach them. That is not the park's fault, of course, and the park is a welcome oasis in the chaotic suburbs of Oro Valley out on the highway. For the week we were her in mid-February, the park was full each day of the week. We enjoyed our weeklong stay and would likely stay here again when in the area, but will make sure to reserve early if in the "high" season of December - March. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
A-10
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are too many sights to visit in Tucson to list them all, but the Sonora Desert Museum, the San Xavier del Bac Mission, and the road up to Mount Lemmon were highlights for us and are highly recommended.

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Review Count: 166
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful park located just north of Tucson. Large big rig friendly sites with picnic tables and fire pits. Lots of walking trails and scenic areas. Not much shade. Clean facilities. A new shopping center opened a few miles from the park making grocery shopping convenient. Can be tough to get a site during the busy winter season but reservations are taken six months out. We will stay here again in our motorhome. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is located at the foot of the Catalina Mountains. The sunsets and sunrises are spectacular.

We stayed here two nights in our A-frame trailer. It's a wonderful location to access hikes into the Catalina Mountains. The park is also close to a lot of shopping if extra supplies are needed.

The sites are large, flat and well separated The electric sites have 15/30/50 amp service and water. There is not a lot of shade because the park is in the Sonoran Desert, so it would probably be a hot place during the summer. Other than that, it's another wonderful Arizona State Park. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
4A
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Get a trail map from the rangers and take a hike on the Canyon Loop Trail. It's a lovely hike with great views of the Catalinas.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Have stayed here several times. Beautiful location. The views are stunning. Clean facilities and nice employees. Sites are level and huge. No problems that we can see with maneuvering. If you hike, there are many nice trails. Walmart very close as well as a variety of restaurants. Secluded feeling yet close to everything. Would be a 10 if full hookup. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 276
States Visited: 43
Helpful Reviews: 53

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

What a gem! This is a very well maintained State Park, with helpful and friendly staff at check in. Interior roads are asphalt and big rig access is good. Our site was very spacious with plenty of space to park our towed, lots of privacy between sites and some shade trees with a picnic table and barbecue. Our very long and level pull through pad was also asphalt and we had incredible views of the Santa Catalina Mountains from our RV. The bathrooms are new and spotlessly clean, no laundry. Very pet friendly with lots of lovely walking trails. No WiFi and AT&T cell was very marginal. This wonderful park is quiet during the day and night, and despite feeling as if you are miles from anything, food stores and restaurants are very close by. We would stay here again. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 119
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a wonderful state park. We have stayed here before. Last time it snowed. This time the weather was wonderful. Reservations are necessary any day of the week. The park was full all 5 days we were there. The showers in Loop B are very special. Even if you normally shower in your rig you should check them out. We came to Tucson on business but we will be back for recreation. Lots of birds for bird watching and great trails for hiking. You can also rent horses. We had a shady spot with lots of privacy. No ground/wood fires allowed. There is a grill in each site. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Loop B Site 26
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

For fans of old cowboy movies don't miss Old Tucson Studios. It is on the same road with the Desert Museum another not to be missed place. The Wildlife Museum is nearby as well. Not a fancy as the other 2 but fun.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed 3 nights in loop "B". Sites were spacious and easy maneuvering our 36' fifth wheel. Very close to stores and services. We would stay here again. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B19
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

The spaces are wide, level and clean. The best thing about this park is the campers. Many had bird feeders hung outdoors and the bird population was numerous with many species. Sunset was promenade and neighborly conversation time. Very friendly park feel. I will return. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
Loop B
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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