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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 #13 of 178 Attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons
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Rhode Island
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132 reviews 132 reviews
99 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Cleveland, Ohio
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188 reviews 188 reviews
18 attraction reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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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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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Wasilla, 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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