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Madera Canyon

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Address: Exit 63 Off Interstate 19, 303 Old Tucson (Nogales Ranger Station), Tucson, AZ 85747
Phone Number: 520 281 2296
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Bird Paradise, Hiking Trails and Greenspace

Quite a lovely canyon area. A wide range of walking and hiking trails. One of the best bird watching spots in the world. An amazing green space given that you just drove 30... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona
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66 reviews 66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Quite a lovely canyon area. A wide range of walking and hiking trails. One of the best bird watching spots in the world. An amazing green space given that you just drove 30 minutes through the desert to get there. Great educational programs. At certain times of the year there is a nice flow of water with some refreshing cool... More 

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Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Drive into Madera Canyon and park in the first lot. Start your hike at the beginning of the Bud Gode Interpretive Trail and be prepared to see a wide variety of animals, birds, trees and vegetation.

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Sussex, England
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is known as birder heaven but you have to be quite fit to hike the trail at the top where the rarer birds are. Unfortunately I have rickety knees so could not do this. However we did see a few nice birds at the lower elevations and we spent a couple of delightful hours at the Santa Rita B&B... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a slightly lesser known track, especially in comparison to Sabino Canyon. Hence, you get to see less number of people, which can be a good thing if you venture out on a holiday. It can be a little strenuous though.

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Madera Canyon is a cool oasis above the desert, ripe with flora and fauna, especially birds. Many, many trails, picnic areas, and a lovely shady campground that is only $10 a night! A very restful place to get away from it all, unless you hike...challenging trails!

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Anniston, AL
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Although we have visited Tucson for vacation many times, this was the first time we visited Madera Canyon. We took a picnic lunch and ate in one of the shaded picnic areas, and then hiked along the creek. The vegetation and feel of the canyon is much different from the surrounding area. We really enjoyed our day there and plan... More 

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Ponce PR
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Beautiful ride into the desert canyon up to the top where there is a very easy, beautiful hiking trail. The trail is about 1.8 miles and we walked almost to the end and back. Really beautiful outlooks into the valley. There is also a beautiful little shop where you can pick up a souvenir and watch the humming birds. Great... More 

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GLOUCESTER
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Your first thought is, " This can't be in Arizona". A magical place that will have you thinking you are in the Central American highlands. Spectacular views, great uphill hiking, and super birding. And less than an hour from Tucson.

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California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
22 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

What a difference in climate, and the hiking and scenery is wonderful-(steep climbing!). Very mountain like rather than desert. Did not experience it, but there looks to be nice camping areas as well.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This area is mostly for birders and serious hikers. The scenery is pleasant, but by itself not many visitors would make the drive from Tucson unless they were going to do a very long hike into the mountains. Add the amazing variety of birds you can see here and this suddenly becomes a crowded destination. It's at higher elevation than... More 

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