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A Wonderful Bird Viewing and Hiking Experience

Though not prepared for anything close to an extensive hiking day or shorter trip into the Canyon... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Suzanne I
Carmel, Indiana
Felling Arizona....

Each state has its own set of landscapes, colors, shapes... this canyon is one of of examples for... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Exit 63 Off Interstate 19, 303 Old Tucson (Nogales Ranger Station), Tucson, AZ 85747
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though not prepared for anything close to an extensive hiking day or shorter trip into the Canyon, there are several beautiful trails for easy to more advanced hiking available. Trail maps and other important information about hiking in the canyon are available at the Gift...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Each state has its own set of landscapes, colors, shapes... this canyon is one of of examples for Arizona... It is not excellent, but it something that you can store in your brain -- with title: "This is Arizona"

Thank MarcinDrP
Reviewed 18 September 2018

Excellent Canyon for hiking and birding. You must stop by Santa Rita Lodge, put a $5 donation p/p in the bin and sit and enjoy the birds at the feeder (bats in the evening). The hummingbird feeders are so close you can almost touch them...More

Thank SpicySteve1962
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

This area has a number of picnic sites, trails and the lovely Bog Springs campground. It is a fee area ($5) per day. Great area for bird watching especially for hummingbirds (mid August-mid September). In this are the Santa Rita lodge has a wild-viewing area...More

Thank Sarracenia
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

Haven't been here in probably 40 years. It's beautiful! Beautiful views, lots to see and do - if you're the outdoor type or bird watcher. Opportunities to stay in cabins, or a B&B. Everybody we talked with was very friendly. Want to go back and...More

Thank trucomp5221992
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

We are in Tucson over an year but never visited this place .we gave it a try out after hearing about the madera continue from our friend.. absolutely stunning place for nature's beauty.. well maintained trails.. nice place for bird watching.. have fallen in love...More

Thank Sun2202
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Fabulous trails, nature walk, year round creek. Beautiful! Bird watching. Hiking & Camping. Picnic areas!

Thank LibbyLou77
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

Super gorgeous, and cooler than nearby cities. Can get to a couple short paved trails at first 2 parking lots. LOTS of wildlife if you are quiet and alert. Be sure to stop at the gift shop to see tons of hummingbirds and other birds....More

Thank rc5695
Reviewed 7 August 2018

This was a nice break from the heat of the desert floor. It helps that we love birding, as well. I'd definitely recommend a visit if you're interested in either.

Thank Brad W
Reviewed 7 August 2018

My wife and I took a short trip to Tucson. I am in progress of photographing the Sonoran Desert. Madera Canyon is a beautiful place for photography. Even the trip there is Interesting; a drive through the beautiful desert.. When we arrived there were only...More

1  Thank Timothy K
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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.
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