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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 177 Attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons
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Pacific Northwest
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

There is so much to explore here and I have just begun. Hiking trails, both rough and accessible. Great for bird watching. Peaceful and serene, fabulous views of the valley. Great place to get a break from the heat.

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Wilmette, Illinois
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36 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We took a few of the hikes guided by the trail maps given out at the entrance. The maps are reliable for distance and elevation. Many of the birds we saw were not on the trails but are at the feeders near the lodging and gift shop. There are places to sit and enjoy watching the birds near the feeders.

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Tucson, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

Awesome for bird watching. So many different Hummingbirds. Watching from the lodge is great. Grab a drink and a snack and get the binoculars put. You can also hike the trails and bring dogs unlike Sabino Canyon. The little creek had some water. Nice peaceful place to visit.

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Tucson
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Went out for a hike and just enjoyed all the different types of birds and especially the hummingbird I saw 6 different kind. Some great trials along the creek and nice camp grounds.

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Green Valley, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Madera Canyon has much to offer. From novice to advanced hiking trails, bird watching, and family picnic areas. During the hot Summer months in the Santa Cruz Valley, Madera Canyon offers a cool getaway from the desert heat. In the Winter, Madera Canyon often times has snow and is "family friendly" for a day trip of fun, from building snowmen... More

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Rhode Island
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186 reviews 186 reviews
140 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

What a wonderful area filled with scenic vistas, walking paths, and hiking trails. It is a bird watchers paradise. The nice thing about Madera Canyon is that there is a trail for every ability level, the negative, is that there are not a lot of comfort stations. This is, however, a beautiful area to become one with nature and a... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Great place to hike while looking for birds, especially rarities that come up from Mexico. There are a couple of lodges that have feeders to attract a variety of hummingbirds, Mexican Jays, Grosbeaks, etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Just around the bend is a stream, Ahead is a cairn. To the left, a verdant valley. To the right, a scurrying animal. Green combines with desert for an absolutely delightful day!

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Tucson, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Madera Canyon is barely a half hour from Tucson, but feels worlds away. Its higher elevation means cooler temps compared to Tucson's blistering heat, and hiking and camping opportunities abound. The nature center showcases the diverse wildlife and bird watching. Truly a lovely part of Arizona!

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MARIETTA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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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