Campground Review: Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona
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, although I prefer Gilbert Ray in the south of the city. I wish the campground design could have been a little more imaginative, but this is a good option in the Tucson area.
Link to Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ