First Visit to Catalina State Park

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On Saturday, since it had cooled down to a mere 80 degrees here in Arizona, we visited Catalina State Park for the first time. A day pass cost $7 per car. There are two campgrounds, a picnic area, group areas, and several hiking trails.

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We chose the Romero Ruins trail first. We climbed around 80 steps to reach the top which took us on a loop.

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There we saw the remains of the Romero ranch which was on top of and next to the base of an Hohokam village.

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The Hohokam village dates back to 500 A.D. approx. while the Romero homestead was from the 1800’s.

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After our first hike, we drove to a picnic area for some lunch. Then Marcus and I hiked the Birding trail, which was a one mile loop. This trail was more forested and we saw a lot of big black beetles, which I did not take any photos of because beetles creep me out!

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Again there were several stairs to climb and descend, just in a more wooded setting.

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But above the stairs, this was what it opened up to, more hot dry desert. (Not very autumn-like! For those of you who are experiencing a true autumn, I envy you!)

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At one point on both trails, we crossed a wash. Definitely don’t want to be caught in one of these during a flash flood!

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Next time we’ll take on one of the longer, more challenging trails, but this was a great first visit for us, and these are my first official photos on my new camera which my generous husband gave me for my birthday (which was on Friday). I’m excited to play with the different features and especially to try out my new macro lens, which I thought I’d save for another day at Tohono Chul. ♥ Thanks for reading!

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12 thoughts on “First Visit to Catalina State Park

  1. Beautiful! I love that they only charge per car. Those are the sorts of places large families like mine like to go. 😉 You’re envying people who are experiencing fall weather, and I’m envying you as I sit here in a sweatshirt because it’s only 46 degrees outside!

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