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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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Must Hike in Tucson

Madera is by far one of the best sites for hiking in southern Arizona. The wildlife is very active... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Perry S
One Of The Most Beautiful Places On Earth

This was my sixth visit to Madera Canyon. The peace and beauty of the stream, hillside, the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
birdtraveler7
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“green valley” (45 reviews)
“bird watching” (41 reviews)
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Exit 63 Off Interstate 19, 303 Old Tucson (Nogales Ranger Station), Tucson, AZ 85747
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"green valley"
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"bird watching"
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"santa rita lodge"
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"wild turkeys"
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"nature trail"
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"carrie nation"
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"great birding"
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"acorn woodpeckers"
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"nice picnic"
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"picnic area"
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"beautiful area"
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"great place to hike"
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"lots of hiking trails"
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"long hike"
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Reviewed yesterday

Madera is by far one of the best sites for hiking in southern Arizona. The wildlife is very active early morning. Fellow hikers are always kind.

Thank Perry S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my sixth visit to Madera Canyon. The peace and beauty of the stream, hillside, the up-canyon Nature Trail and other trails, are exceptional. (Avoid weekends if at all possible. Mid-week is quiet and restful, but the canyon can be full and a bit...More

Thank birdtraveler7
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a fabulous ride up into the canyon, even with ears popping and the drop in temperature it was well worth it. There was a wonderful array of wildlife and the views are excellent

Thank Eugenie P
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Took a day birding trip to this birders hot spot. First stop was Santa Rita Lodge. Small shop and seat to watch a wide variety of hummingbirds, woodpeckers, turkey, jays, pine siskins all close up, great photo ops, all birds not seen on the east...More

Thank prakthomas
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

You can't escape Tucson's heat in Madera Canyon because the elevation is not as high as that of Mt. Lemmon, but it is beautiful and worthy of general sightseeing as well as great birding. Lodging is available in the canyon. Bird feeding stations can be...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2018

This is South of Tucson and is a beautiful little canyon. We especially enjoyed two stops that have bird feeders set up for birdwatchers. It was a beautiful day, cooler than in Tucson. Opportunities for hiking trails are available also.

Thank 61aah
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

The drive in from the interstate was beautiful. The volunteer staff were very helpful in providing information about the hiking trails. We enjoyed the Super Trail, which admittedly was a little more challenging than expected. The views down the canyon and towards Green Valley, were...More

Thank Brian S
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

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 3 April 2018

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 3 April 2018

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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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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