Hiking The Catalina State Park
The 18th most popular hiking trail in Arizona.
Sunday 24 July 2016 03:38 GMT
Northeast of Tucson in the Lemmon Mountains, the 5,500 acre Catalina State Park has plenty of trails for hikers, bikers and equestrians.
Hiking and riding on the trails are popular activities, with eight trails varying in length and difficulty. The Romero Ruin Interpretive Trail (3/4-mi.) meanders through the ruins of a prehistoric Hohokam village site that is over a thousand years old. The mile-long Nature Trail offers beautiful vistas of the Sonoran Desert and Santa Catalina Mountains, with signs explaining the desert ecosystem and its inhabitants. The Romero Canyon Trail (7.2 mi.) and the Sutherland Trail (10.5 mi.) offer longer, more strenuous hikes through beautiful desert terrain and riparian canyons. Both climb to cool natural pools and connect with other Coronado National Forest trails which continue on to Mount Lemmon at the top of the Catalina Mountains. The Canyon Loop Trail (2.3 mi.) is representative of the various habitat types found in the park. The 50-Year Trail (7.8 mi.) is popular with equestrians and mountain-bikers, and the Birding Trail (1 mi.) offers hikers a chance to see some of the parks 170+ species of birds in three different types of habitats. The Bridle Trail (1.4 mi) is the only completely flat trail in the park, connecting the Equestrian Center with the main trail head.
The park is located on State Hwy. 77 (Oracle Road) at mile marker 81, just 9 miles north of Tucson and 6 miles north of Ina Road.
Overall, Catalina State Park is the 18th most popular hiking trail of all 49 hikes in Arizona. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Catalina State Park including Starr Pass Trail, Oracle Ridge, Hugh Norris Trail and Samaniego Ridge Trail.