We loved Catalina State Park. The volunteers working the entry gate were always friendly and helpful. The park is in a beautiful setting with mountains at close range. There are plenty of trees and birds, accentuating the natural surroundings we come to expect at a state park. There are a number of hiking trails close to the campgrounds offering different levels of difficulty. The park is close to the city (Oro Valley, a suburb of Tucson). On a few occasions, we cycled to an area with shopping, chain restaurants, and a movie theater. The bathrooms and showers were clean; there were plenty of them and never crowded. The sites were large and pull through sites were available. There was a book and magazine trade. The beautiful mountains that surround the park meant that the sun was slow to warm things up in the morning and the sunset was earlier than at other places. Without having fires, it made evenings come pretty early. We plan to return and would recommend this park.
We had been traveling and staying in RV parks for 2.5 months before arriving at River View. Overall, we had had fairly positive experiences. We tried to reserve a site on line, as the website said this was possible. Nobody ever got back to me. It took four phone calls (left a couple of messages, was put on hold a couple of times) before I was able to make the one week reservation. This should have been a clue that something was amiss. When we arrived, the office was closed, but there was no prior notice or sign telling us it would be closed over the noon hour. Once the office opened, registering took longer than usual, while the office manager took phone calls and helped other people (under the guise of multi-tasking?) rather than dealing with us efficiently. We were given a site that was unusually difficult to level. The wifi we had paid for didn't work on any of our 3 devices, and after going to the office to mention this, and repeatedly trying to sign for another day, we were eventually given a refund. Our neighbor played loud music that started each late afternoon/evening. This was before "quiet hours", but was still inconsiderate. We asked to be moved and were given "the only available site" which backed a very busy roadway at the entry of the park. The traffic noise was noticeable and annoying most of the day and night. We usually ran the furnace fan to drown out the noise so we could sleep. On the positive side, the laundry facilities and showers were very good. There was a pool and hot tub that was used frequently. A volunteer resident provided a cable connection that was needed in order for us to use the provided cable tv. He also offered extra blocks, if needed, because the sites in this park were so far from level. The owner seemed very friendly. This was the only time we have ever stayed at an RV park for one week and felt the need to visit the office four times. Each time, we found it to be loud, cluttered, and disorganized. Frankly, we found the office manager to be incompetent. Perhaps we needn't say this, but we will never stay there again. We rated this at a 4 because some of the long-term sites seemed a lot better than the short-term we were in.
The park area without sewer is much nicer than the area with sewer hookups. Sewer hook up area has some really junky cluttered RV sites. Would recommend camping without sewer hookup. The dry camping area looks really nice. Good views of the river.Quiet. Half full in February. Local company provides internet for $4.99 per day. $2.00 per day for pets.