Saguaros (Carnegiea gigantea), cacti, in the evening sun, Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA - stock photo

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Catalina State Park


With a day-use area, campgrounds and plenty of hiking, biking and horse trails, this state park in the Santa Catalina Mountains northeast of Tucson is one of the city's favorite playgrounds.

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