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“Always something new to experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon
5900 North Sabino Canyon Road, Tucson, AZ 85750
520 749 2861
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Ranked #3 of 122 Attractions in Tucson
Type: Canyons, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: Located in the Catalina Mountains and part of the Coronado National Forest, this beautiful canyon offers outdoor recreation including hiking, swimming, biking and picnicking. For an overview of the area, take the narrated shuttle bus tour.
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“Always something new to experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

From our first visit to Sabino ten years ago, until this one, we never regret our trip. The tram ride sets you up to understand so much about the desert and surrounding area. The hikes have views that change at every turn. We still haven't reached the end of this park. Beautiful streams and small waterfalls are a fun surprise in the spring or late summer after the rains. Well done, well maintained park. Good for every age level and hiking ability.

Visited March 2013
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“Sabino Canyon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Located on the NE side of Tucson, you won't be disappointed if you take the time for a walk, hike, or ride in Sabino Canyon.
Beautiful any time of year, but especially in the spring or after the monsoon rains begin, the paved road traverses lower Sabino Canyon criscrossing Sabino Creek as it meanders downhill from Mt. Lemmon. If you don't have the time to walk or hike, the shuttle is available for a fee. Or, you can take the shuttle to the end of the road (4.7 miles) and walk back or walk for just awhile and then step back onto the shuttle at one of the many shuttle stops along the way.
Be prepared! You'll need water, good walking shoes (tennis shoes are fine), sunscreen, and don't forget your camera as you'll never know what you might see along the way! Coyotes, bobcats, mountain lion, deer, badgers, raccoons, hawks, cardinals, tarantulas, gila monsters, lizards, snakes, and roadrunners all call Sabino Canyon home. While you may be lucky enough to see one of these beautiful creatures, many times I've not seen any wildlife except trail runners.
If you aren't a fan of walking/hiking on paved surfaces, take one of the marked trails throughout the area. Hiking sticks are helpful but not necessary.
If you are in good enough shape, and have the time, the Phoneline Trail provides stunning views of the canyon and Tucson. The Seven Falls Trail criscrosses Bear Creek multiple times and is a great day hike - but don't hike this trail on rainy days and be on the watch for monsoon rains on Mt. Lemmon that may send water down through Bear Canyon.
Stop in the visitor center for trail information or to cool off after your walk.

Visited May 2013
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“Don't miss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you appreciate the outdoors and the uniqueness of the desert, don't miss Sabino Canyon.
You can hike it or take a tram. If you take the tram there is the option of getting off and on at various stations.
Best months to go are November through May.

Visited November 2012
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“more special”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This canyon allows entry to part of the Catalins mountains.There are both hiking trailks of all sorts and a tram that allows transport to stop 9 , as well as on and off all along, so that the traveller gets a descriptive tour of what can be seen at the several levels.Very worth seeing all times of year, as its appearance changes with the season.Wilkdlife can be encountered in addition to the natural beauty of the mountains and the "greenery " all round.Yes, even the desert has greenery !

Visited October 2012
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“Sabine Canyon's Seven Falls”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Sabino Canyon is a beautiful place to hike and to see Sonoran Desert wildlife. The hike to Seven Falls is moderate in difficulty and should not be attempted in the heat of Summer. the best time is early in the morning to avoid heat. The Falls have a lovely area to picnic on the rocks. Make sure to bring lots of water: at least 2 liters per person, sunscreen and a hat. There's a tram (pay for use) that will take you partway to the falls. The only food is vending machine snacks at the entrance, so bring snacks with you.

Visited September 2012
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