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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 and biking trails that wind through the Coronado National Forest at elevations near 3,000 feet. Along with the gorgeous views, keep your eyes open for birds; more than 150 species call the park home. Some visitors choose to hike, but you can also explore the park trails on horseback. Sitting at the eastern edge of the park, Houston's Horseback Riding offers guided trail rides.

Recent visitors called the park a "feast for the eyes" and said the high bird population is "astounding." Thanks to its location about 40 miles north of downtown Tucson, the park makes for an easy daytrip, according to reviewers. Along with views and trails, travelers were also quick to praise the cleanliness of the park's facilities. In addition to restrooms, the park also offers picnic tables, grills, campsites, camping cabins and shower facilities.

Catalina State Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and there are numerous campsites available (which can be reserved online). Admission is $7 per vehicle  which allows entry for up to four people  and $3 for those entering on foot or by bike. Expect to pay between $15 and $30 to camp. The visitor center/ranger station is located at the park entrance and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and to view an event calendar, including the times and dates for ranger-led hikes and bird walks, visit the Catalina State Park website.

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