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Address: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Flycatchers, quail and woodpeckers are found in this canyon.

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Beautiful break from the desert.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Rick H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 hiking good for the whole family.

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Worthington, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 drive out to the end of the road is about 10 miles and it's breathtaking.... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles 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. It's a process that takes a few minutes and requires your photo ID and completing... More 

4 Thank breezy779
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
Kihei, Hawaii
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17 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

This canyon has many trails most of which are fairly easy to hike. Good birding and wildlife viewing and picture taking area

Thank Terry P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

You do need a sponsor to get on the US Army base. The road sign is not clear and it is not on the map they gave us at the gate but we were able to find it. From previous reviews, we thought there would be a sign somewhere stating pedestrians only and a parking lot. We did not see... More 

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

If you are one of the lucky ones to have access to Fort Huachuca, this canyon is well worth a day's worth of hiking and exploring. One of the hidden gems of the Huachuca "Sky Islands'. The road/trail heads up through changing landscape ending in a pass over the south side towards Mexico. You pass historic spots like the petroglyphs... More 

1 Thank DjLeeJ
Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

Garden Canyon is in Fort Huachuca military base, dating from 1877, in Sierra Vista, AZ. The initial signing in can be slow but the pass is then good for a month. All persons have to be screened. The Canyon is in a sun belt that has served humanity for many centuries. Potatoes were found here and petroglyphs can be seen... More 

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Hereford, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Garden Canyon suffered from severe flooding two years ago and was closed until the damaged culverts were replaced and the road regraded. It's now open again to pedestrians, mountain bikers and hunters. Park at the gate, walk that first mile on pavement, then take the last four miles of dirt road to enjoy the splendor. It's a lovely walk any... More 

5 Thank conniegum
Plano, Texas
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7 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015

Garden Canyon Road (on Fort Huachuca) leads to the petroglyph sites. Unfortunately, the road has been closed for repair for some time. They opened the road to pedestrians and a buddy and I hiked out to the petroglyphs. Turns out that it was a four-mile hike one way. Plan for 2-3 hours if you want to see the petroglyphs. They... More 

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