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Madera Canyon

Exit 63 off Interstate 10, 303 Old Tucson (Nogales Ranger Station), Tucson, AZ 85747
520 281 2296
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Ranked #12 of 178 attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons
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MARIETTA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Madera Canyon is a completely different summer climate. The daytime temperatures were in the low 80's. It was perfect for hiking and there were some very interesting sights. I really enjoyed sitting and watching wild turkeys and hummingbirds.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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18 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Madera Canyon is in the Santa Rita mountains about an hour south of Tucson, near Green Valley, AZ. There's an entrance fee of $5/day, $10/week or you can get an annual pass for $20. There's so much to do there....the website lists: Bicycling, Camping & Cabins, Fishing, Hiking, Horse Riding, Nature Viewing, OHV Riding, Picnicking, Scenic Driving, Water Activities and... More

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Went hiking with some friends up the super trail. Started early in the morning (7am). It was the perfect time to start to avoid the full sun. Views were spectacular!

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fairhope
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Nice area for hiking and birding- good escape from warmer temperatures in Tucson. Camping and cabins available.

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Tucson, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Roughly an hour's drive south of Tucson off I-19, this canyon is a beautiful place to visit. It offers camping, picnicking, birding, and hiking. There are many trails, and one of them leads to the top of Mount Baldy as far as I know, though I have never been that far. This canyon was once the only place to find... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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64 reviews 64 reviews
42 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Madera was a beautiful getaway. It was cooler in the mountains and made for a nice hike. There are convenient parking areas, gift shops, cabins, and B&B's. Very pretty location!

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Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Madera is a great hike. It is a fairly strenuous hike that is at it's best when given enough time to enjoy. From Tucson to the trailhead can be an hour drive, depending on where in Tucson you are starting from. Once there, be prepared. If it is between October and February there will most likely be snow if you... More

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Tucson Az
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

small stream through the area, many parking spots, cabins & chalets for rent, cooler than Tucson in summer. A bird watchers paradise.

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Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Driving through Madera Canyon is beautiful. The hiking trails are breath-taking. You can choose from several trails that take you all the way up the mountain, while looking down into the canyon and across Green Valley. When you get up high enough, you can see the valley and some of Tucson. Gorgeous views for miles and not very crowded. If... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

What a perfect place to get away from the desert and surround yourself with trees. The elevation is just high enough that it takes the edge off the Tucson heat. Unfortunately, we couldn't escape the rattlesnakes and nearly stepped on a very small one. But we considered ourselves lucky as in town, he would have been much larger and more... More

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