Catalina State Park
- Type: Hiking, Parks and Gardens
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Flanking the northern edge of the Catalina Foothills district, Catalina State Park provides spectacular views of Tucson and the surrounding mountain ranges. Inside, the park hosts 5,500 acres of canyons, streams and hiking trails. "The views of the Catalinas are out of this world, and it's a great place to hike," one recent visitor tells TripAdvisor. "If you want solitude, I would suggest walking straight up the wash a ways, then connect with a trail that crosses it."
Some visitors choose to hike, but you can also explore the park trails on horseback. Sitting at the northern end of the park, Pusch Ridge Stables offers guided trail rides and overnight excursions.
Catalina State Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and there are numerous campsites available. Admission is $7 per vehicle -- which allows entry for up to four people -- and $3 for those entering on foot or by bike. For more information, visit the Catalina State Park website.