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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 #9 of 176 Attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons
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Tucson, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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164 reviews 164 reviews
126 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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Cleveland, Ohio
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22 attraction reviews
216 helpful votes 216 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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