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Madera Canyon

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Address: Exit 63 Off Interstate 19, 303 Old Tucson (Nogales Ranger Station), Tucson, AZ 85747
Phone Number: +1 520-281-2296

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beautiful scenery and great hikes

the mount Wrightson hike in Madera canyon is the most difficult hike I ever did but getting to the top with it's stunning views in all 4 directions I will never forget. The road... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Lompoc, California
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Lompoc, California
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179 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the mount Wrightson hike in Madera canyon is the most difficult hike I ever did but getting to the top with it's stunning views in all 4 directions I will never forget. The road into Madera canyon is very nice as well and there is a beautiful little feeding place for birds with all kinds of species. Best place ever... More 

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We missed out on our big plans to hike Mt Wrightson because of the bear that was still terrorizing hikers. Trails closed. Bummer. But we hiked elsewhere in the area, and it was a nice change from hiking in the desert like we do most of the time - and love. Lots of trees, lots of wildlife (mule deer especially,... More 

Thank Laurence L
Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here for a morning of birding in late November and stayed all day! We were amazed at the number of new species we saw including olive warblers and painted redstarts. Be sure to stop by the Santa Rita Lodge. Their free viewing area is a wonderful place to photograph hummingbirds and other desert species. Bring your big glass... More 

Thank creebol
Estero, Florida
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent for hiking. The canyon offers all levels of hiking from an easy nature trail to strenuous Big Baldy trail. Lots of trees and Madera Creek. Also has camping, picnic and facilities. We try to go there couple times a week. Sp peaceful.

Thank lccook100
Scottsville, New York, United States
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My son and I stayed and hiked in the canyon in November. The weather was perfect and where we stayed (Santa Rite Lodge) was also very nice.

Thank NYHikerJohn
Nevada City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This canyon is not a far drive from Tucson. A few years ago a Jaguar was found on a camcorder around 2007. You can't see the jaguar as you would have to hike in far- but if you google it there is video footage! The drive is easy and at the base is an area to read about the wildlife,... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A short drive (15 mi.) from Green Valley is all it takes to get away from civilization. Madera Canyon a delightful spot to recharge and enjoy nature and that's mostly what it is, beautiful, out of the way and largely untouched. I prefer it for hiking and picnicking and just gazing at the passing scene. There is a lodge with... More 

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West Bay, Grand Cayman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Escape the heat of Green Valley by moving up to the Canyon! This is a beautiful area with ample hiking trails, picnic areas, and a small, but complete campground. The paved pads can accommodate most RV's, but their are no hook-ups or dump station, so plan to arrive with your holding tanks empty and your fresh water tank full. There... More 

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Buckeye, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Went here on our trip to Green Valley AZ and were amazed by all the hummingbirds and the lovely riparian landscape. Cool retreat in the summer and nice even in the winter months. Dress in layers.

Thank jeanne_rau
Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

A very scenic area within easy distance of Tupac or even Tucson. Great for cycling and hiking too with great campsites around Rose Canyon. The birds feeders at the Santa Rita lodge are very worthwhile. Cabins there looked great too.

Thank Nichewich

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