Catalina State Park – A Jewel in the Desert
So many things have shut down since the Covid-19 virus has affected our everyday schedules but those of us living in Arizona have been lucky that our Arizona State Parks have not been shut down and still offer the ability to get outdoors and enjoy nature and shake of that “cabin fever” that many of us are experiencing during our mandatory . Catalina State Park has been a magnet for people in the Tucson area who want to get out, get some fresh air, and add some exercise to their daily routine. Although everyone is still asked to follow recommended routines like regular hand washing, social distancing, and the use of masks and gloves to contain the spread of virus, Catalina State Park offers a safe area to enjoy the beautiful “green desert.”
Because of its’ easy access to metro areas the park fills quickly during morning hours. The best time to visit Catalina State Park is during off-peak hours (after 2 p.m.) Parking is only allowed in designated parking areas and main trailhead parking is limited. When the parking lot is full, visitors will be turned away.
If you are able to spend time here enjoy the 5,500 acres of Saguaros, native vegetation, abundant wildlife, and the incredible trail systems that can take you to the top of Mount Lemon. Upcoming events are certain to happen as everything gets back to normal so consider attending the Star Party on October 10th and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.
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Hiking Trails in Catalina State Park: