11570 N. Oracle Rd. – Tucson, AZ 85737
April 1-14, 2017 – Malia’s Miles Catalina State Park Overview Page
Loops A & B – Campgrounds open all year. 120 total campsites in two loops. All sites are nicely paved and level, roads all well maintained. See details below. All have 20/30/50 amp electric service and water at each site (no full hookups). Roads and sites are all paved and have picnic tables and BBQ grills. 14 night limit
Differences between Loop A and Loop B: Loop A has fewer sites, some are closer to the road, and the bathhouse is smaller with no family restroom/shower like Loop B has. Loop A does not have its own dump station like Loop B does.
Park Manager Steve Haas told me that since Loop A is the older loop, it has more trees and shade in general. Big rigs usually stay in Loop B and the views tend to be a little better due to being a bit higher. Loop B is manicured a little more, while A is kept a little more natural.
Dump Stations – At front by main entrance is a two-way station (enter from either side). Loop B has a small dump station at its entrance. The front dump station is only open from 8am – 5pm, while the station in Loop B is open 24/7.
47 reservable sites in this loop, some back-in and some pull-through. In this loop only, some sites can be reserved as either electric or non-electric.
73 reservable sites in this loop. The configuration is a bit different with more pull-through sites in the middle of the campground.
I always provide short recaps of pros and cons about the parks I visit. I realize this is subjective stuff and what bothers some people, others won’t have a problem with, and vice versa. As a fulltime RVer, I like things that weekend campers can do without. But, based on my own observations and/or comments from others, here goes:
- Fantastically beautiful surroundings featuring the amazing Catalina Mountains.
- Great walking trails with several easy enough for even me to do!
- Convenient location to Tucson and shopping necessities (WalMart and little mall one mile away), multitude of restaurants, etc.
- I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen more modern and clean restroom and shower facilities in any state park ever. Every single person I talked to mentioned this. To prove what I mean, I provided pictures in the individual Loop A and Loop B pages.
- I really had to think about this one and it might seem hard to believe, but the only drawback I came up with is that the signs within the campground could be clearer to indicate the range of site numbers you’re looking for. The rows are marked by “Back-in” or “Pull-Through” and while they tell you how to get where you’re going when you check in, I’m the world’s worse at following maps and it’s hard to look and figure that out while you’re driving. See Loop B where I stayed for example.
- The only complaint I heard from another camper was not being allowed to have campfires. But to me, given the danger of wildfire here, especially during a really dry spell, I can’t fault them for that. Steve said that is the #1 complaint, though.
- I honestly couldn’t think of anything else, but if you’ve stayed here and have anything you want to share, please feel free to use Comments below.
Reservations: Online or call 520-586-2283. I like how you can see pictures and details about sizes, etc. of the sites that are available once you enter your dates and criteria
RVParkReviews.com – Opinions from other campers.
Pet Friendly: No extra charge for pets; dog pens are allowed.
Satellite TV: Most sites looked like there would be no problem at all getting satellite reception. Even sites with trees on the side looked like they would be clear enough, but I can’t swear for all of them. Local channels by antennae from Tucson.
Internet/Wi-Fi/Cell Phone: No wi-fi at the campground at this time, but that’s something planned. My Verizon phone had no problem and Jetpack provided 4G service.
CampsitePhotos.com: Has individual pictures of all campsites.
Malia’s 2 Cents: I love it when a park has beautiful, natural scenery and feels like it’s out in the middle of nowhere, but is still so close to all city conveniences! I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here and could have easily spent more time with all there is to do at the campground, as well as in Tucson and surrounding attractions.
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Equestrian Center Campground
See Facilities Information for Equestrian camping area info toward bottom of page. Vault toilets only here; no showers. Wood fires are allowed in designated fire pits here, unlike Loops A and B where no camp fires are ever allowed.
The lady I talked to here was traveling with these other rigs and she said they liked it that they could “circle the wagons.” 🙂
I always thought it would be neat to have a horse and take it camping. There are more pens to the side of this picture as well.
I just thought this area was so pretty! Horses are not allowed to picnic here, though. 😉
See Facilities Information for group camping area info. This complex has modern restrooms and showers, along with a covered group picnic area. No electric at any of the sites. Wood fires are allowed in the group camping area, unlike Loops A and B where no camp fires are ever allowed.
As you can see, all of these sites are out in the open with no shade. This area is used as an overflow campground during busy months (Jan. 1 – March 31) and can be reserved like any other campsite. The rest of the time it is a regular group area and is very popular with clubs for get-togethers. See Reservable Group Areas for more info.
Tents get the shade and some grass; no RVs are allowed here. This is right across the road from Ringtail.
Nicely shaded and covered picnic area within the group camping complex.
It was almost unbelievable to me how clean, modern and well equipped all of these buildings were throughout every campground.
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