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Madera Canyon

Address: Exit 63 off Interstate 10, 303 Old Tucson (Nogales Ranger Station), Tucson, AZ 85747
Phone Number: 520 281 2296
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Ranked #10 of 162 Attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks
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Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks
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Tucson, Arizona
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Madeira Canyon is beautiful, we took a friend who is a photographer and he just loved the views and change in scenery. I felt that it was a bit cooler than Tucson which is a good thing.

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Hopkins, MN
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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

There are both short and extensive hikes around this area. It is a nice break from the desert to get into the woods. Beautiful bird watching as well.

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Albertville, Minnesota
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Easy hard surface for a leisure walk, running water in the creeks, colorful rock formations, Saw deer & a must for bird lovers

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Eustis, Florida
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Madera is rightfully recognized as a world-class birding location. But what a lot of people don't realize is how beautiful the hiking is. Park in the Proctor parking lot and walk up past white house, up the mountain along the stream bank. The creek is seasonal, but there are often pools of water in the deeper areas where you can... More 

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Sahuarita, Arizona
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

At first I didn't think there was much to it, but for $5 you can park and hike one of the many trails. We chose a very difficult one up the canyon and made it a mile or so. Lots of picnic areas and camping spots. Bathrooms are pretty gross though :)

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Amado, Arizona, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We live nearby so we've "done it" so I guess my title might not be fair. Unlike the beautiful but long and twisting drive up Mt Lemmon, the drive up Madera Canyon is mostly a straight but deceptively steep. Activities in the canyon are picnicking, bird watching, and hiking. There are two kinds of hikes, very easy and very hard.... More 

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Marana, Arizona
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We hiked from Madera Canyon up to the summit of Mt. Wright son. It is a long hike that I would rate moderate to difficult, depending on your physical conditioning. The views are incredible and the trail is well-marked. There are lots of restaurants in nearby Green Valley and Sahuarita to reward yourself after your hike.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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156 reviews 156 reviews
59 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The National Forest visitor center was closed, so we didn't have any maps. We figured the Nature Trail would be tame enough. It was an in and out trail, but the signage was poor. We finally got to a fork in the trail, no sign, and decided to turn back, we weren't sure if we every found the "end". If... More 

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Jackson, Ohio
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

This place draws me. I have hiked a bit here and always see new things. Access is easy and all levels of ability can use this area. Just the drive is rehabilitative. Nice picnic areas. It has facilities and enough traffic to keep things safe.

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Nelson, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I didn't expect the canyon to be this beautiful. I was attracted by the birds - even in November - but left with memories of the stunning scenery and quality of the trails. Next time I am going to allow time to hike further up into the mountains - I will be going back, even though it's a few thousand... More 

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