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Motorhome on the road to Bryce canyon
Motorhome on the road to Bryce canyon

Monty’s Musings: Winter RV camping in the desert — Arizona’s Catalina State Park

From the bloggers at Monty’s Musings.

If the winter months have you longing for the great outdoors—but in a warmer setting—take the RV out one more time to Arizona. Catalina State Park, at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains, is a rugged, beautiful place to camp, where thousands of mesquite trees and saguaro cacti are the backdrop for your winter RV camping vacation.

Located just thirty minutes north of Tucson via Oracle Road, the state park is within Coronado National Forest.  The campgrounds there are accessible to the biggest recreation vehicles, so don’t be afraid to rent or bring your own big rig.

Once you’ve reserved your campsite, you’re going to want to plan your hikes, because that’s one of the best reasons to come RV camping in Catalina State Park in wintertime. Arizona State Parks provides this trail map for Catalina SP to help you plan.

Here are three well-recommended trails to try while you’re at the Park:

  • Romero Ruins Interpretive Trail (3/4 mile): Park visitors are fortunate to have the chance to visit an archaeological dig that unearthed the remnants of a Hohokam village, as well as structures from a late 19th century ranch. Pay special attention to the ‘ball fields’ where some type of sports were played by the Hohokam people.
  • Birding Trail (1 mile): Follow this loop through varied habitats to find many of the Park’s more than one hundred species of birds.
  • Canyon Loop Trail (2.3 miles): This trail travels up and down through the foothills of the Santa Catalinas, giving hikers the opportunity to watch for Desert Big Horn Sheep that have been reintroduced to the National Park, as well as black-tailed jackrabbits, javelina and other desert species.

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