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Madera Canyon

Exit 63 Off Interstate 19, 303 Old Tucson (Nogales Ranger Station), Tucson, AZ 85747
+1 520-281-2296
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Such an enchanted place!

This is such an enchanted place. You move from birds and desert plants through the canyon up into... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ancientmoods
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Thunder Bay, Canada
Wonderful day watching the birds.

We decided to check out Madera Canyon and truly enjoyed the trip up there. It was crowded, all... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rusty C
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Sahuarita, Arizona
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“green valley” (44 reviews)
“bird watching” (41 reviews)
LOCATION
Exit 63 Off Interstate 19, 303 Old Tucson (Nogales Ranger Station), Tucson, AZ 85747
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+1 520-281-2296
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"green valley"
in 44 reviews
"bird watching"
in 41 reviews
"santa rita lodge"
in 35 reviews
"wild turkeys"
in 27 reviews
"nature trail"
in 24 reviews
"carrie nation"
in 8 reviews
"acorn woodpeckers"
in 5 reviews
"great hiking"
in 23 reviews
"nice picnic"
in 7 reviews
"picnic area"
in 13 reviews
"beautiful area"
in 12 reviews
"great place to hike"
in 10 reviews
"lots of hiking trails"
in 5 reviews
"different species"
in 5 reviews
"parking lot"
in 17 reviews
"long hike"
in 5 reviews
"day trip"
in 14 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is such an enchanted place. You move from birds and desert plants through the canyon up into pine forests. We met a couple who had just seen a mountain lion!

Thank ancientmoods
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to check out Madera Canyon and truly enjoyed the trip up there. It was crowded, all seats taken so we strolled around and enjoyed the fresh air and the sounds of so many birds. We will go again.

Thank Rusty C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Madera Canyon to ride our bike up it and it was a very challenging ride. Make sure you have the right setup on your bike to climb up it.

Thank artobloom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not far from continental rd exit off 19. Take right at stop sign and follow the signs. The roads aren't the best and beware of flooded roads, but well worth the trip. Hummingbird paradise too. There is a 25 dollar fee to get into the...More

Thank tgiblin
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hiking in Madera Canyon is such a treat as it is always cooler than the valley whether winter or summer. In March water was flowing in the creek, not a common event in dry weather months. We saw the colorful Elegant Trojan on our hike....More

Thank WireWrapGems2
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for a picnic lunch . The views were great .There are lots of hiking trails. There is camping on site and there is a gift shop.

Thank henrymc2015
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

There is nothing like being in the mountains and enjoying the scent of the pine trees in the afternoon rain! Great hiking with several trails and a great spot to observe hummingbirds, too.

Thank Gerald G
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

Easily accessed from Tucson in a little over an hour drive. Beautiful, cool and shady upland forests. Nature Trail walk along the flowing creek by the lodge is an easy 1 mile walk one way. Most other trails involve elevation gain but with rewarding long...More

Thank 490bobb
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

Whether you drive or hike this area, it is stunningly lovely. The plants and animals, and the views are exquisite.

Thank Jane V
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Short drive south of Tucson, this canyon has a large bird variety. Definitely stop at the Santa Rita lodge site.

Thank jcc98199
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chalimarrero
15 March 2018|
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Response from clipper13 | Reviewed this property |
there is no water up there except for a small creek that flows when the snow melts.
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Adrian P
17 October 2017|
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Response from wes53032 | Reviewed this property |
Should not have a problem. Gradual incline up the canyon.
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Betty E
11 March 2017|
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Response from fotoman170 | Reviewed this property |
I got my pass at the USFS downtown but I am disabled so I qualified for the perpetual pass and had to get it at the office. If you are on Social Security, you will have to do the same. Otherwise I'd just get the pass at the... More
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