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Catalina State Park

11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737, Tucson, Arizona

Admin: Shara Bueler-Repka

Catalina State Park, near Tucson, Arizona seems like a second home. When my husband and I pull onto the Park grounds, the 9,157’, pine-clad summit of Mount Lemmon, the flat top of Table Mountain, and the towering pinnacles and crags of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness greet us like old friends. The feeling is akin to arriving home after a long time away. I’ve pretty much lost count of how many times we’ve camped in the Equestrian Area. Our favorite site is right alongside a couple of Velvet Mesquite trees and a single-stemmed Saguaro cactus that guards the front entrance. And we love the majestic, jagged spread of the Santa Catalina Mountains as they dominate the landscape of both the Park and The Coronado National Forest. The staging area is huge with 16 sturdy pipe corrals (4 with an overhang-cover). The Park rangers do a great job accommodating us horse/mule people: manure rakes and wheelbarrows to clean out your corral; a handy hose to water stock; clean vault toilet; mounting/dismounting steps; and friendly smiles and fun stories of others’ adventures. Along with the friendly accommodations, the wide variety of trails and the spectacular desert and mountain views have kept us coming back throughout the years. It's also fun to cross the Park border onto the Coronado National Forest to ride more awesome trails. Visit the Catalina State Park website for more particulars: https://azstateparks.com/catalina/explore/facility-information. Happy Trails! :)

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Equestrian Area

TYPE OF DESTINATION

Camping / Lodging with Facilities - Campground
Effort level - Easy, Beginner|Moderate|Challenging, Experienced Trail Riders

AMENITIES FOR 2 LEGGED -

-- Room for Large Living Quarters Trailers

-- Porta-potty's / Pit Toilets

-- Garbage Containment

-- Manure Removal

-- Water / Drinkable

-- Water / Potable

-- Restaurants / Café Nearby

AMENITIES FOR 4 LEGGED -

-- Horse Corrals

-- Dogs Must be on a Leash

-- Dogs Must be on a leash on trails

MILES OF DESTINATION / ACREAGE OF PUBLIC LANDS / # OF DAYS’ WORTH OF RIDING

The Park spreads across 5,500 acres of foothills, canyons, and streams at an elevation near 3,000 feet. Cross the border of the Park onto the Coronado National Forest and the trails seem endless.

TYPE OF LAND

- Public Land

- National Land

ACCESS TO TRAILS

- Trails right from location

WATER CROSSINGS

- Streams

Type of Footing on the trails

- Sandy, Desert, Dry

- Dirt

- Gravel, Rock

- Shoes / Boots Suggested

Type of Terrain

- Flat

- Hills

- Mountains, Hard Climbs

- Challenging Trails / Terrain

TYPE OF HORSE I WAS RIDING

- Non-Gaited

LOCAL WILDLIFE

Coyotes, Deer, Bobcat, Mountain Lion, rabbits, javelina, a WIDE variety of birds, including hawks and roadrunners.

PEAK RIDING SEASON / WEATHER

September-May

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