UPDATED: Romero Pools trail is closed until October 1, 2021 due to USFS closures.

Fire restrictions in place: no wood or charcoal fires. No smoking except in an enclosed vehicle. Parking is only allowed in designated parking spots. Please observe all rules distributed by rangers when entering the park. Use caution as flooding is possible.

Area Attractions

Nearby State Parks

Visit these nearby Arizona State Parks.

Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park is a short 35-minute (24 miles) drive from Catalina down scenic Highway 77. Oracle offers a variety of hiking opportunities within a 4,000-acre wildlife sanctuary, as well as self-guided tours of the Kannally Ranch House. 

Directions to Oracle State Park

Picacho Peak State Park

From Catalina, take I-10 north for about 45 minutes (35 miles) to Picacho Peak State Park. A variety of trails are available here for novice and experienced hikers. Choose your experience from an easy stroll through the Sonoran desert, to an adrenaline filled summit hike! 

Directions to Picacho Peak State Park

Area Attractions

Catalina State Park is right on the outskirts of Tucson, a community with many cultural and natural attractions that will capture the imagination and challenge the body.

For a more complete list of area attractions, visit the Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance or contact the Tucson Visitor Center at (520) 624-1817, or toll-free (800) 638-8350, or visit the official Tucson Travel Information Guide Website.

The following links are provided as a convenience only; they are not a recommendation of any product, service, or organization. Arizona State Parks maintains this list at its own discretion. Links will open in a new window and leave the Arizona State Parks website.

Oro Valley Heirloom Farmers Market at Oro Valley has a wonderful, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Last season, the market averaged 30 vendor stalls and more than 700 customers each week. Market held at the Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N Oracle Road, north of the Home Depot Retail Center.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden all rolled into one. It features plant and animal species of the Sonoran Desert. (520) 883-2702.

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area is in the Coronado National Forest. It offers unparalleled hiking and nature study opportunities right on the edge of Tucson. (520) 749-8700.

Saguaro National Park has locations on both the east and west sides of Tucson. There is hiking, biking and nature study among the most recognizable cactus in the world. (520) 733-5153.

Tohono Chul Park is a desert oasis not far from Catalina State Park. Trails, gardens, a greenhouse, gift shops, and the tea room restaurant offer a delightful respite from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city. (520) 742-6455.

Tucson Botanical Gardens exhibits over 5,400 plants in 16 different gardens. This natural haven for birds and butterflies is right in the heart of Tucson. (520) 326-9686.

Arizona State Museum features dynamic exhibitions centered on the indigenous cultures of Arizona, the Greater Southwest, and Northern Mexico. (520) 621-6302.

Pima Air and Space Museum displays over 250 vintage aircraft representing the history of human flight. (520) 574-0462.

Biosphere 2 is a several acres sealed mini-world that began as a science and technology experiment. It is now a giant walk-in terrarium that is home to nearly 4,000 species of plants and sea life. (520) 838-6200.