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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 #11 of 177 attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons
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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 NEW

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

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
25 helpful votes 25 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
30 helpful votes 30 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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GLOUCESTER
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

A great, well maintained trail with beautiful views. A good work out, but not a dangerous or difficult trail.

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Wayland MA
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

All the B & Bs in the canyon have hummingbird stations open to the public. Many hiking and picnic opportunities as well. Less than an hour south of Tucson.

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Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Madera Canyon is justifiably popular with birders. Parking is limited. It's best to visit on a weekday.

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