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RVers Guide to Exploring Catalina State Park


Are you looking for a RV escape into nature this summer? Look no further than Catalina State Park, located in Tucson, Arizona. This stunning park offers plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors, and is the perfect destination for RVers seeking adventure and relaxation.

We teamed up with Arizona State Parks and Trails to bring you the ultimate guide to RVing Arizona’s State Parks. Check out all the details below.

La Mesa X Arizona State Parks and Trails

Did you know that are 15 state parks that offer RV campgrounds in Arizona? Last month we brought you our RVers Guide to Lake Havasu State Park. This May, we’re deep diving into the beauty that Catalina has to offer.

During 2023 La Mesa will be RVing to each campground to bring RVers a first hand guide of each park. A perk, La Mesa offers three retail locations in Arizona. Stop by one of our stores today to find your ideal adventure mobile and then get ready to explore the southwest. Come join us on this epic road trip. It’s going to be a fun ride. Next up, Lake Havasu.

family riving at sunset

A Guide to RVing Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park is conveniently located just 10 miles north of Tucson, Arizona. From Interstate 10, take exit 240 and follow the signs to the park entrance. Once inside, the park is easily accessible via paved roads.

The RV Campsites

The park offers both RV and tent camping, with 120 sites available for reservation. RV sites include full hookups (water, electric, and sewer), as well as picnic tables and fire pits. The park also features modern shower and restroom facilities, making it the perfect home base for any outdoor adventure.

Campsite reservations can now easily be made online. The platform makes it seamless to book. Once you click on the link you will be directed to a reservations page where you can browse your options by date of your stay. There are even images of each campsite so you can pick the one that best suites your needs! To book your campsite, click this link.

family camping in Arizona

RV Adventure Awaits

Catalina State Park offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages. Hiking enthusiasts will love exploring the many trails that wind through the park, including an easy hike to Romero Pools and a challenging trek up Mount Lemmon. For those who prefer to relax, the park offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and plenty of picnic areas for enjoying a meal in nature.

Things to Do

This park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including javelinas, deer, coyotes, and more. Birdwatchers will be delighted with the abundant bird populations in the area, including hummingbirds, Mexican jays, and many more. The park also offers miles of equestrian, hiking and biking trails that wind through the park and into the Coronado National Forest. Take in the stunning mountain backdrop and feast your eyes on desert wildflowers, cacti and so much more.


Throughout the summer the park will be offering a variety of events including a guided bird walk and their monthly music in the mountains concert series. Click here for event details.

Tips for RVers

  • Reserve your campsite early, especially during peak season (October through April)
  • Bring plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen for outdoor activities
  • Respect wildlife and never feed or approach wild animals.
  • Check the park website for any closures or restrictions before visiting

RV Catalina State Park

Santa Catalina State Park is a must-visit destination for RVers seeking outdoor adventure and natural beauty. With its many amenities, stunning surroundings, and convenient location, this park is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway or an extended stay. So what are you waiting for? Book your RV site today and discover the wonders of Catalina State Park!

RVing driving on beautiful road in Arizona

Additional Arizona State Parks to Explore

This year will be the year of Arizona! Next month we’ll feature a guide to a new park. Hint: the story of the park’s name begins with a family who came to Arizona to buy a ranch. Any guesses?

If you’re eager to learn more or are ready to start booking your state park road trip, check out Arizona State Parks “find a park feature”on their website. This easy to use guide will let you filter the parks by campgrounds, hiking trails, bike trails, horse trails, historical sites, swimming, fishing and boating options and so much more. Let us know where you’ll be headed this year in the comment section! To follow along on our travels, check out @lamesa and @azstateparks.