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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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Very Nice Ride and Easy Walking Trail

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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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 NEW

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
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

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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86 reviews 86 reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

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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65 reviews 65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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Portage la Prairie, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Many hiking trails abound with beautiful views at times, all levels for hikes. There are picnic areas and paved roads into the area. Beware that it can be much cooler here than down in Green Valley or Tucson due to the elevation. A warm day in Tucson may see snow up here in Jan or March. Birders and photographers enjoy... More 

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tucson
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The scenery at Madera Canyon is spectacular, you won't be sorry if you make a drive to there. and there are many good restaurants in the area .

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Madera Canyon is a few miles east of Green Valley, Arizona, and is a pleasant ride from the heat of the valley to the cooler mountains. In the winter, there may be snow on the mountain tops, and in the spring the snow melt provides babbling brooks. Along the drive you will pass the Gift Shop and Bird Feeding area,... More 

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Vail, Arizona
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Went with our grandson's class to Madera Canyon in April. Weather was gorgeous - water was running !! Saw many birds, small animals, and flowering plants. Docents conducted tours for the kids . . . They were very knowledgable and knew how to interact with the 10 year olds. Highly recommend this for a day trip from Green Valley or... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

You can drive a twisting mountain road up to 9,000 ft elevation at Mt. Lemmon, or do a very non-acrophobic straight road up to the Madera Canyon trailhead at about 5,000 ft elevation. It will usually be 10 degrees cooler at Madera than it is in Tucson. A maze of trails will take you up to several of the 9,000... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This is a hiking and birding paradise. Get out of the heat of Tucson and Green Valley and up the canyon. Make it a day or multiple days. Stay in Green Valley or in the lodges and B&B's in the canyon or consider camping. The is a place that one can explore and experience year after year. Great places to... More 

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