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Campground Review: Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ

Campground Review: Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ

Why we chose here? We had decided to spend quite a bit of the winter in Arizona, and wanted to spend a little more time in the Tucson area.

Location: The park is on the north side of Tucson just of a main road in Oro Valley, in the shadow of the Catalina mountains. There are lots of facilities close by and downtown is not too far away

Sites: Some sites are dry, some electric only, some electric and water.  They have barbecues and picnic tables.  No fires here.  The sites are somewhat uninspiring, you mostly feel like you are in a big field, no real privacy here, just a few mesquite trees between you and your neighbors. But the mountain backdrop is beautiful.

Facilities: There are excellent clean showers here, top notch.  There is a dump station at the campground and near the entrance to the park.

Groceries: Great shopping nearby, Trader Joes, Whole Foods and Sprouts all very close by.

Reservations: Yes, this is a busy park and it was full for the whole 2 weeks we were there. They have a 14 night stay limit. They do have overflow, but it's not very pretty.

Cell Coverage / WiFi: Both Verizon and AT&T were good service in our campsite, but service got patchier the further away you are from the road.

Price Paid: $30 for water and electric

Date of visit: February 2015

Other: There are many trails leading from the park. They have live music at the trailhead some nights, nice touch!

Would we come here again? Yes, I wish the campground design could have been a little more imaginative, but this is a good option in the Tucson area.


  1. Some of the perimeter sites have good privacy and a spacious feel...though you usually have to reserve months in advance to get them! We had B11 one time and it was a wonderful site.

    1. Yes good point Lisa, and I think the dry camping sites were better than the electric ones. I think they could have done more for privacy though and the other thing that was strange in this park was they had no walking paths through the campground so you inevitably had to walk through others sites (a major campground faux pas) to get to the showers or other sites.