Catalina State Park is a scenic desert park offering camping, hiking, picnicking, bicycling, horseback riding, plant and wildlife viewing, and an archaeological site, all just a few minutes from Tucson. Catalina State Park is located within the Coronado National Forest, and is managed by Arizona State Parks in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service. The park encompasses 5,493 acres at elevations near 3,000 feet. Hiking Trails include: The Romero Ruin Interpretive Trail (3/4 mile in length); a mile long Nature Trail; a mile long Birding Trail; the 2.3 mile long Canyon Loop Trail; the 7.2 mile long Romero Canyon Trail; and the 10.5 mile long; Sutherland Trail; amongst others. Entrance is $3 the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day and $6 Labor Day through the Friday before Memorial Day. For more information see my Catalina State Park Page.
Our first experience of a scenic drive and it was really a gentle introduction of what was to come. There is a rest stop at the bottom by the bridge with jewellrey and pottery sellers.
The toilets are modern and clean and are "self composting" - translated that means no flushing and a healthy draft coming from below!
Kelly's is a Southern California franchise that is spreading into Arizona. Kelly's Coffee & Fudge Factory serves specialty coffees, an extensive menu of freshly baked pastries, sandwiches, salads, and home-style fudge. Specialty coffees and specialty frozen drinks such as their are available year round. They also have homemade fudge with flavors like Chocolate Caramel, Rocky Road, Oreo Fudge, as well as Rice Krispie treats. I thought about trying the Tuna Sandwich on a croissant but opted to wait until after my hike at Catalina State Park for lunch. There is also a Subway Sandwich Shop next door which would have a Tuna Sandwich for about half the price.
This warning was seen on most roads in the mountains and down in the desert. It can get very cold at night so beware.
Travelling out of Tucson and heading up 77 then 60 towards Show Low there are signs with this warning.
It seems there is a state penitentiary somewhere along the way!
Personally I would find it very odd and be very suspicious to see anyone on foot along there as it is so deserted with very little traffic.