Catalina State Park is located adjacent to Coronado National Forest on the western slopes of Santa Catalina Mountains, 17 miles north of Tucson. This is mainly a park for trail running, although one can run along the paved main park road for a couple of miles to the trailhead or the equestrian center. There are some inner park trails that are a bit gentler and a little more flat for running. Then there are more extensive trails that go on for miles that are hillier and more rugged.
The trails are known as a “runner’s dream,” once you’ve reached the top. With rolling hills, flats, switchbacks, and varying surfaces, Catalina State Park is said to be one of the most fun runs in Tucson. You’ll also get a chance to experience the amazing views of Pusch Ridge.
Restrooms and water fountains are located at the beginning and end of the main road. Parking is $5.00.
The map below shows the park road and inner trails. The link has info on the more extensive trail system.
- Many trail options
- Visitor center for road, or trail heads
- 17 miles from Tucson. Parking lot $5.