Catalina State Park
Located in: Oro Valley District
628-5798, off AZ Hwy. 77 (Oracle Rd.) just north of Tucson. Daily fee $6/car, 5 a.m.–10 p.m. Visitor center 7 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. Camping $15–$20. Allow 2–4 hours.Stop at Ranger station before entering the park to pick up field information on the plants and animals living here. Excellent trail system. Romero Trail follows a wash and running creek—usually a good site for viewing an assortment of plants.
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Beautiful but beware THE TRAM IS NOT RUNNING
We enjoyed our walk around the dam but the tram which would normally take visitors right up the canyon is out of action and not expected back in action for several months. Still worth a visit.
This all depends as to how many cacti growing attractions can you handle. If you like a lot, then you go here as well as to other places. If you want just 1-2 -- see Saguaro and Organ Pipes.
Beautiful oasis just outside of Tucson
You wouldn't know you are still in the desert with all the flowers and lush green plants and trees. I've just begun to discover all of this place, but so far I feel like I've found a hidden treasure...