Explore Arizona Kicks Off with Catalina State Park

Finally got around to getting the RV back into a drivable state.  It still needs to be emissions tested, two new tires on front, windshield replaced, generator serviced and the A/C needs some freon.  Part of trying to get sane again and get healthy the family has committed to exploring this great state and our National Parks again.

One reason I love Arizona is it’s natural beauty.  I have decided that if I expect my children to share the love of this great state and ultimately stay here long term that I better get busy showing them what it has to offer.  Memorial day is entirely the wrong time of year to visit Catalina State Park (as it is a little on the warm side), but we wanted some where not crowded and close to home.  The upside is the off season RV rate is only $15/night. Since we were only going to stay the night we headed south to check it out.

I love the drive down SR-79.  It just feels like Arizona.  I feel like a pioneer traveling down this forgotten stretch of road.  While heading out I mentioned this fact.  My oldest daughter said that she loved Arizona too and that she thinks she will stay here forever. (Yes, I was doing back flips of joy)  She mentioned that she used to want to go back to California, but that it’s too crowded and not as pretty.


Catalina State Park sits at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains. The park is a haven for desert plants and wildlife and nearly 5,000 saguaros. The 5,500 acres of foothills, canyons and streams invites camping, picnicking and bird watching — more than 150 species of birds call the park home. The park provides miles of equestrian, birding, hiking, and biking trails which wind through the park and into the Coronado National Forest at elevations near 3,000 feet. The park is located within minutes of the Tucson metropolitan area.

The facilities here are as clean as I have seen and the park is well maintained.  The trails and the views are fabulous.

I am hoping that we will get out every other weekend or at least once a month for the rest of the year.  It is my goal to find other campers/RV’ers that want to explore AZ along side us.  Drinking beer and sitting by the campfire is more fun with a group of people.

So let’s get out and Explore Arizona.  Use the hash tag #exploreaz whenever you get out and see this great state.  If you find something that inspires or moves you add the #whyaz to go along with it. It’s time we start showing the rest of the world why this place is worth fighting for!

One Comment

  1. I’ve never heard of Catalina before, but would definitely consider checking it out this summer. Creeks, you say? Very enticing.

    I’ll keep the #exploreaz and #whyaz tags in mind when I get out this year. Its a good idea.

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