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Gorgeous Canyon Views and Great Birding

One of the more beautiful canyons in the Southern Arizona area. We had to drive over from Sierra... read more

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Richard F
Louisville, Kentucky
Lovely, lovely, just like the last time

We came back to Madera Canyon 37 years after our last visit on our honeymoon. It has aged better... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Exit 63 Off Interstate 19, 303 Old Tucson (Nogales Ranger Station), Tucson, AZ 85747
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Reviewed yesterday

One of the more beautiful canyons in the Southern Arizona area. We had to drive over from Sierra Vista which is about an hour and thirty minutes but, it is well worth the drive. There is a modest entry fee of $5 to use any...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We came back to Madera Canyon 37 years after our last visit on our honeymoon. It has aged better than we have. We were worried it might have lost the silence, calm and rugged beauty. It was largely as we left it. The drive from...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank jennydog959
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looking for a short, easy nature walk or a challenging mountain peak climb? Want to camp at a peaceful campground or relax at a woodsy lodge and watch birds? Want to see gorgeous vistas in all directions? If so, Madera Canyon is the place for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank MNDoodles
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Madera Canyon is an interesting destination. Wildlife. Hikes. You can also ride a motorcycle through the canyon and come out on Rt. 83

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank gjndrsn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed another area to hike in and this area offers many lengths and trail conditions. There are 2 that are paved with labeled vegetation. There are 4 main parking areas, each has non flush toilets and picnic shelters.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Nyceone
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful drive and visit to the canyon with a gorgeous little stream running through it. People were bird watching all along the stream, but there was plenty of room for hiking without bothering them. Didn't have time for more than a stroll along the stream,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank anneV653AJ
Reviewed 5 January 2019

Madeira Canyon is simply beautiful! We spent three nights in a cabin there a couple of years ago...and can’t wait to go back. It is a cool break from the desert heat, and is a bird-lovers paradise!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Charlotte B
Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

We spent over 6 hours on a cold winter day and loved the whole experience. Hiked the bog springs trail - medium to hard hike which took us 4 hours round trip - and then spent some time at the feeders near the gift shop....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Vgarde
Reviewed 29 December 2018

On two separate days we visited the canyon and took 2 different hikes. The trailhead parking areas have trail maps/restrooms/picnic areas and is well maintained. The lower Proctor Picnic area has a loop that is, for the most part, wheelchair friendly and follows a lovely...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 2xDeal
Reviewed 14 November 2018

I camped here with my wife and another couple. It felt safe in the campsite, it was quiet and another campers were respectful and kind. Beautiful sunset views of the mountains.

Date of experience: September 2018
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20 December 2018|
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Response from David S | Reviewed this property |
Din't know why ut's only one star, great place to visit/see...if you like wildlife and beautiful views.
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.
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.