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Gorgeous Canyon Views and Great Birding

One of the more beautiful canyons in the Southern Arizona area. We had to drive over from Sierra... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Richard F
Louisville, Kentucky
Lovely, lovely, just like the last time

We came back to Madera Canyon 37 years after our last visit on our honeymoon. It has aged better... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Picton, Canada
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Exit 63 Off Interstate 19, 303 Old Tucson (Nogales Ranger Station), Tucson, AZ 85747
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Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the more beautiful canyons in the Southern Arizona area. We had to drive over from Sierra Vista which is about an hour and thirty minutes but, it is well worth the drive. There is a modest entry fee of $5 to use any...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Richard F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came back to Madera Canyon 37 years after our last visit on our honeymoon. It has aged better than we have. We were worried it might have lost the silence, calm and rugged beauty. It was largely as we left it. The drive from...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looking for a short, easy nature walk or a challenging mountain peak climb? Want to camp at a peaceful campground or relax at a woodsy lodge and watch birds? Want to see gorgeous vistas in all directions? If so, Madera Canyon is the place for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank MNDoodles
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Madera Canyon is an interesting destination. Wildlife. Hikes. You can also ride a motorcycle through the canyon and come out on Rt. 83

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank gjndrsn
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We enjoyed another area to hike in and this area offers many lengths and trail conditions. There are 2 that are paved with labeled vegetation. There are 4 main parking areas, each has non flush toilets and picnic shelters.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Nyceone
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Beautiful drive and visit to the canyon with a gorgeous little stream running through it. People were bird watching all along the stream, but there was plenty of room for hiking without bothering them. Didn't have time for more than a stroll along the stream,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 4, 2019

Madeira Canyon is simply beautiful! We spent three nights in a cabin there a couple of years ago...and can’t wait to go back. It is a cool break from the desert heat, and is a bird-lovers paradise!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Charlotte B
Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

We spent over 6 hours on a cold winter day and loved the whole experience. Hiked the bog springs trail - medium to hard hike which took us 4 hours round trip - and then spent some time at the feeders near the gift shop....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Vgarde
Reviewed December 28, 2018

On two separate days we visited the canyon and took 2 different hikes. The trailhead parking areas have trail maps/restrooms/picnic areas and is well maintained. The lower Proctor Picnic area has a loop that is, for the most part, wheelchair friendly and follows a lovely...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 2xDeal
Reviewed November 14, 2018

I camped here with my wife and another couple. It felt safe in the campsite, it was quiet and another campers were respectful and kind. Beautiful sunset views of the mountains.

Date of experience: September 2018
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February 17, 2019|
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Response from Richard F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, as long as they are on a leash at all times.
December 19, 2018|
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Response from David S | Reviewed this property |
Din't know why ut's only one star, great place to visit/see...if you like wildlife and beautiful views.
March 15, 2018|
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Response from clipper13 | Reviewed this property |
there is no water up there except for a small creek that flows when the snow melts.
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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
4-6 mile hike (6 Replies)
Looking for suggestions for a 4-6 mile hike tomorrow and Sunday....I have already done (over the course of 4 trips) Romero pools, 7 falls, Blacketts ridge, ventana canyon 4 times (to maiden pools and 1.25 miles beyond the pools), thunderbird trail, bridal wreath. It’s hot here, so I was considering the aspen trail to Marshall gulch trail. I heard Madera Canyon maybe cooler, it that true? If so any suggestions which hike to do there? I thought I would see if anyone has any suggestions. Thanks...More
April 06, 2018|
Response fromkitap|
Yes. Madera Canyon goes up into the Santa Ritas; it'll be cooler there. It's a well-known birding place.
Kamloops, BC vicinity
Alternate route Phoenix to Madera Canyon (8 Replies)
I'm a westerner, so I'm accustomed to the sparseness of highways out here, however, I'm hoping that someone can suggest a route that will bypass I-10 and the Tucson construction areas and miraculously end up around Green Valley or vicinity. Any suggestions?
June 25, 2007|
Response fromdesert_gecko|
I just pulled up mapquest....if you really want an adventure in the desert, take AZ-85 South from the western Phoenix suburbs (Buckeye) through Gila Bend to Ajo. From there you can take AZ-86 East to Tucson, it becomes Ajo Way in town. I've gone Phoenix to Ajo on the way to Rocky Point, there really isn't much if anything along the route. Organ Pipe National Monument is in there, you'll see many of the very tall saguaros. Another option is you can take US-60 East through Mesa, then...More
Barbi Lynn L
Madera Canyon in December/January (5 Replies)
We're looking for a nice day trip while we're in Tucson and were looking at doing a hike in madera canyon and checking out Tubac. Does this sound like a worthwhile trip in late December/early January? I started reading up on some of the most popular trails in Madera Canyon, (Old Baldy Trail and Super Trail), but I'm reading a lot of reviews that say there was snow on the trails at that time of year. Is that common? Can someone tell me a bit about the scenery of this canyon? Is it desert...More
December 14, 2008|
Response fromBob B|
Madera Canyon ascends from desert vegetation to Ponderosa pines in the mountains above, but the developed part does not go that high. The elevation in the recreation area is 5000-5500 feet, junipers, live oaks, on the fringe for pines. Snow is possible, and there has been some recetly at higher elevations. However it seldom lasts all winter. You can check road and trail conditions by calling the Coronado National Forest office in Tucson. I haven't hiked there except briefly. After the drive...More