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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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A bit of a drive but ...

Madera Canyon (built by the CCC in the 30s) is about 40 miles south of Tucson (about 12 miles from... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mike G
via mobile
Lovely trip and good hiking

This canyon has a lot of good hiking and several different levels of flora and fauna until you... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mary P
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Eagan, Mn
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  • Average4%
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Travellers talk about
“green valley” (44 reviews)
“bird watching” (41 reviews)
LOCATION
Exit 63 Off Interstate 19, 303 Old Tucson (Nogales Ranger Station), Tucson, AZ 85747
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+1 520-281-2296
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"green valley"
in 44 reviews
"bird watching"
in 41 reviews
"santa rita lodge"
in 34 reviews
"wild turkeys"
in 27 reviews
"nature trail"
in 23 reviews
"carrie nation"
in 8 reviews
"chuparosa inn"
in 5 reviews
"acorn woodpeckers"
in 5 reviews
"nice picnic"
in 6 reviews
"picnic area"
in 13 reviews
"beautiful area"
in 12 reviews
"sky island"
in 5 reviews
"different species"
in 5 reviews
"parking lot"
in 17 reviews
"great hiking trails"
in 5 reviews
"long hike"
in 5 reviews
"day trip"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Madera Canyon (built by the CCC in the 30s) is about 40 miles south of Tucson (about 12 miles from the I 19 exit) so it is an effort to get there. But it is a beautiful place with a wide variety of hiking trails....More

Thank Mike G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This canyon has a lot of good hiking and several different levels of flora and fauna until you reach the top.

Thank Mary P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of our favourite places to get up high, out of the desert and into the shady oaks and pines....and only a short drive from Tucson. The bird and animal life is delightfully different from lower elevations and the gift shop has a...More

Thank Malcolm W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love bird watching and hiking here. One time ran in to a bear...a little too close for comfort, but we made it. The Santa Rita Lodge is a great place to observe birds and wildlife.

Thank MGWILD
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice drive to relax and unwind with nature. Loved the pecan trees along the drive up, best bird watching area.

Thank Monica M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I spent about 4 hours here while my daughter went on a long hike. There is a terrific bird-watching area where they set up feeding stations to serve as a stopover point for migrating birds. They have chairs and benches set up for people to...More

1  Thank Karen N
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not only is the drive up the canyon absolutely beautiful, but the wildlife (especially birds) is truly amazing. On our way up the highway going into the canyon, we encountered three white-nosed Coatimundi which was a thrill. We pulled into the Santa Rita Lodge and...More

3  Thank Deborah B
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

I left the desert of Three Points Area that morning and drove towards Madeira Canyon and I was taken aback by the sheer majestic beauty of the mountains in the distance. Green is the colour I remember the most after the pink sand of the...More

1  Thank shantalashanty
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

went up there and climbed to the top of mount wrightson. a lot of history. climb was fairly easy with a good trail. not my first mountain climb.you can do it in tennis shoes but bring at least a qt of water p.p. old boy...More

Thank clipper13
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Perfect hiking and a great weather ... all you can see is green and the wild animals playing around and have many different trails

Thank Daniela B
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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
10 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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Betty E
10 March 2017|
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Response from katiepenney | Reviewed this property |
You can buy it at the entrance
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