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Visitors traveling along I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson can’t miss the prominent 1,500-foot peak at Picacho Peak State Park. The park and surrounding area are known for its unique geological significance, outstanding and varied desert growth, and historical importance. The unique shape has been used as a landmark by travelers since prehistoric times.
From a nesting owl inside one of Catalina State Park’s many Saguaro cactus, to the majestic and colorful views of the mountains from the park’s hiking trails, there is plenty to see in the popular state park.
Its been 30 years since Catalina State Parks opened in the Coronado National Forest north of Oro Valley.
Catalina State Park is a 5,500-acre gem, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year. They are drawn by views of the soaring Catalina Mountains, the miles of hiking and biking trails, the overnight camping and equestrian areas and the rich and varied program of activities organized by Park rangers and volunteers.
Since spring 2012, Catalina State Park has enjoyed the enthusiastic support of the Friends of Catalina State Park (FOCSP), which is mobilizing support and raising money for projects and activities at the Park.
Catalina State Park’s 30th anniversary celebration will be held on May 4, 2013.
Name the Governor of Arizona who spoke at the dedication of the Park on May 25, 1983.
Oracle State Park, a 4,000-acre wildlife refuge and a center for environmental education, is located in the northern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. Ranging from 3,700 to 4,600 feet in elevation, the surrounding landscape transitions from oak woodland to desert grassland, with sweeping views all around.