4135 East Trotter Place
Catalina, AZ 85741
Explore Catalina Regional
Catalina Regional Park is a joint project
between Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation and the
Pima County Regional Flood Control District.
The park is still in the development phase and
portions of the park will be closed from time to time. Completion of
the currently funded development projects is anticipated by November
2009. The portions of the park currently open are open dawn to dusk.
The 2003 Aspen Fire damaged a significant
portion of the north side of the Santa Catalina Mountains resulting
in flooding along the Canada del Oro Wash in Catalina. Pima County
provided relief to residents impacted by the flood by purchasing
damaged properties. Approximately 186 acres of property has been
acquired along a 2-mile reach of the Canada del Oro Wash. This
property is a regional asset that will be used as open space and for
active and passive recreation.
In 2005, the Catalina Regional Park Advisory
Committee, appointed by Supervisor Ann Day, was formed and assisted
Pima County in the development of the project scope and concepts for
future park development.
Current Planning and Development
Catalina Regional Park is a long, narrow park
that follows the Canada Del Oro (CDO) Wash flood plain. The park
has been divided into four management areas to address the varied
uses within the park.
1. The northern management area of the park
will primarily be used as a multi-use trail linkage to the CDO Wash
and the 50 Year Trail.
2. The upper middle management area is just
north of Golder Ranch Road and includes the White Dog Ranch. This
area of the park will be the most developed and will support the
most recreational activities. The ranch will be rehabilitated to
allow equestrian programs and events. It is likely the operation of
this facility will be through an agreement with a community
not-for-profit group. A portion of this area will be used for other
public events. Plans include a small children's park and restrooms
developed near Golder Ranch Road and Lago Del Oro Parkway.
3. The lower middle management area extends
south from Golder Ranch Road to Rollins Road and will be primarily a
conservation area. The area will be enhanced and rehabilitated as a
meso-riparian habitat and will eventually have trails for horseback
riders, hikers, and mountain bikers.
4. The southern management area of the park is
from Rollins Road to the Catalina Regional Park boundary next to the
Pima Pistol Range. This area is considered the best area for
enhancing and maintaining habitat for wildlife.
A project is in progress to modify the pond
into a diverse wetland area for wildlife. Because this area will
focus on habitat protection, public activities will be limited.
Environmental education and interpretive programs will be conducted
and limited support facilities will be developed.
Fences and Trails
Pima County is in the process of fencing off
certain areas of the park as part of access control efforts. The
areas that are currently being fenced are those that have been used
for illegal off-road motor vehicle activities or illegal dumping.
Some additional areas will be fenced for public safety, for park
security, or to keep livestock out of management areas.
Access to major horse and hiking trails have
not been blocked, but some smaller trails have been closed or
rerouted to avoid having too many gates or entry points into or
through the park. The goal of the fencing process is to provide
recreational opportunities while maintaining unfragmented habitat.