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Garden Canyon

Sierra Vista, AZ
+1 520-538-8740
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Great Local Spot for the Outdoors

Garden Canyon is the major drainage coming down the east side of the Huachuca Mountains. It is... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2017
Ron S
Not easy to get to but worth the effort

First of all, you will need your military pass or apply for and get a visitor's pass issued to you... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
Donna R V
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Flycatchers, quail and woodpeckers are found in this canyon.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“dirt road” (6 reviews)
“military id” (2 reviews)
“army base” (2 reviews)
Sierra Vista, AZ
+1 520-538-8740
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

Garden Canyon is the major drainage coming down the east side of the Huachuca Mountains. It is mostly within the boundary of Fort Huachuca. Starting in the foothills near a set of firing ranges, the canyon climbs to the crest of the range. Along the...More

1  Thank Ron S
Reviewed 3 November 2017

First of all, you will need your military pass or apply for and get a visitor's pass issued to you in one short visit. AZ residents' pass is good for a year. Out-of-state visitors' passes are good for a much shorter time.

Thank Donna R V
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Moderately easy drive to the end of the road at Vanishing Trail. Part of the way is a dirt road. Two pictograph sites to explore. Quiet peaceful with no other people around. A lot of wild life to see even a 8 point buck.

Thank Localgirl252
Reviewed 10 July 2017

I am feeling a bit torn about telling people how great this place is. The first time I went in early spring with a group - we were the only people in the canyon. I've been dozens of times since and seen only two other...More

1  Thank maryjoyrenfro
Reviewed 21 May 2017

One can bird by car and stop at the picnic areas of you can get out and walk the top part.. very slowly sloping wide road or you can hike the really steep and rocky Sheelite trail. Lots of wildflowers and many habitat zones. We...More

Thank LaurettaYoung
Reviewed 30 March 2017

I used the map that is on this TripAdvisor site and the location is all wrong. It shows Garden Canyon being on Lyle Canyon Rd. which is waaay west of the correct location. Anyway, it was a neat drive and we ended up going to...More

Thank tutana
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This is a great place to actually see trees and flowers in the desert. The natural water gives a greater variety of plants and wildlife than down on the valley floors, with ample opportunity to see birds, especially hummingbirds. A very relaxing day destination with...More

Thank Rick H
Reviewed 17 February 2017

We almost didn't get to Garden Canyon on our trip to SV, but finally made it there in the last week. You must have a guest pass to get on the Ft. Huachuca grounds, but after that you can wonder around at your will. The...More

1  Thank jaf1944
Reviewed 22 August 2016

OK, we heard about the wildlife and beauty in Garden Canyon and were excited to visit. As we drive in from the entrance off Hatfield, we should have stayed in the furthest right lane to go to the visitor check in and get a badge....More

4  Thank breezy779
Reviewed 20 August 2016

I'm no birdwatcher, but it was a blast just having the birders instruct me on how to properly find and observe birds. Beautiful landscaping, multiple levels of terrain, and great hiking trails.

1  Thank Lisa M
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Denisse D
28 May 2016|
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Response from DjLeeJ | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately Garden Canyon is located on and only accessible through the Fort Huachuca Army base. Only people with a military or military related ID are able to access it.
Yvonne S
19 October 2015|
Response from DjLeeJ | Reviewed this property |
It is free. Hiking is optional as the road goes nearly to the top of the canyon. However, this is on a military installation and only military, families and others with official access to the base are allowed to visit.
Yvonne S
19 October 2015|
Response from Ron S | Reviewed this property |
It is free. Hiking enhances your experience, but there is much to see from your vehicle. This is a rough road. If you are looking a scenic drive, there are more accessible destinations.