Campsite Review Catalina Campground

Campsite Review: Catalina Campground

Campsite Review: Catalina Campground is located north of Tucson at Catalina State Park, east of Arizona Route 77. It is a very nice campground.

At the campground, there are two loops with 120 well-spaced large sites with electricity and water. We like the back-in sites in loop A best because they are more private than sites in loop B. There is also an overflow area without hookups that is only open from January – March.

Typical Campsite at Catalina State Park.
Typical Campsite at Catalina State Park.

All most all sites are very exposed with no shade. The pavement at the sites is long and narrow. We could not walk around our RV without going in the dirt.

Catalina State Park is a very nice campground.


Website: Catalina State Park

Address: 11570 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85737

Link to Google Map for the area: Catalina State Park

Phone Number: (520) 628-5798

Reservations: 877-697-2757 AZ State Parks

Reservations are highly recommended for all weekends between October and May.

Dates stayed: December 7 – 10, 2020

Comfort: Temperatures were nice. Mid-70-degree range. Cold in the morning and pleasant for the rest of the day. Rain showers on departure day.

Elevation: 2560′

Season: Year-Round

Price Paid: $31.66/ night including reservation fees

Our Site: #A40

Hook-ups: Electric 50 amp and water

Dump station: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Shower: Yes

Laundry: No

Potable Water: Yes

Water to fill your RV storage tank: Yes

Cell service: Verizon – Good Signal / AT&T – Good Signal


Campsite Review: Campsite Review: Catalina State Park Campground insider info:

The entire area will be extremely hot in the summer. (not a secret)

In our site, in loop A we have lots of shade in the afternoon. Other sites are not nearly as good.

Our RV in site A40
Our RV in site A40

In loop A some of the sites have odd angles leading requiring driving off the pavement to avoid the trees and decorative rocks. Parking in loop B is easier, especially for pull-through sites.

The overflow area is a large flat gravel location with room for around 30 RVs and a separate tent area.

The sites in both loops are similar in layout and spacing.


The bonus here is the beauty of Catalina State Park. Views are from every site. The road continues past the campground and group sites toward hiking trails.

This park is a hiking wonderland — and most of the trails are suitable for bicycles and horses.

Just to the east of the park is a desert Big Horn Sheep management area. I saw some tracks in the river bottom (dry) that could have been sheep — or deer. But didn’t see any sheep. (or deer)

A good day trip is to go to Biosphere 2 located 18 miles to the north.


If you tow a car, make sure to tow the car into the campground, otherwise, there is a second vehicle charge for your tow vehicle. Parking for a second vehicle is $15 per night. Ouch

If you fail to show up by noon the day following your reservation, you will forfeit your reservation without a refund.

Layout and Satellite Views

Catalina State Park Campground Layyout
Catalina State Park Campground Layyout
Catalina State Park Campground Satellite View
Catalina State Park Campground Satellite View

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