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Madera Canyon

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Address: Exit 63 Off Interstate 19, 303 Old Tucson (Nogales Ranger Station), Tucson, AZ 85747
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Amazing forest hiking to high peaks with stunning views

There are so many places to hike here, ranging from tame but scenic "nature trails" and use paths along the streams, to formal signed trails to the high peaks that surround the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are so many places to hike here, ranging from tame but scenic "nature trails" and use paths along the streams, to formal signed trails to the high peaks that surround the canyon, to paths known only to locals that will take you to scenic views with total solitude. It is amazing to climb up through the forest, pinyon/juniper at... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Madera Canyon is located about about one hour south of Tucson and east of Green Valley. The road climbs about a third of the way up the Santa Rita Mountains from the valley floor. Several hiking trails ascend the mountain from parking areas at the end of the road. From my perspective, the trails are moderate to hard. In the... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of birds and great views. Great trails and lots of places to explore. Parking is ample at several places along the main road.

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Vicksburg, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

Madera Canyon is a year round area. Trails range from roughly paved to hikes for seasoned hikers. If you are a bird enthusiast spring time is the best time! Of course as anywhere hike safely! Bring plenty of water!

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Lompoc, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

the mount Wrightson hike in Madera canyon is the most difficult hike I ever did but getting to the top with it's stunning views in all 4 directions I will never forget. The road into Madera canyon is very nice as well and there is a beautiful little feeding place for birds with all kinds of species. Best place ever... More 

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

We missed out on our big plans to hike Mt Wrightson because of the bear that was still terrorizing hikers. Trails closed. Bummer. But we hiked elsewhere in the area, and it was a nice change from hiking in the desert like we do most of the time - and love. Lots of trees, lots of wildlife (mule deer especially,... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for a morning of birding in late November and stayed all day! We were amazed at the number of new species we saw including olive warblers and painted redstarts. Be sure to stop by the Santa Rita Lodge. Their free viewing area is a wonderful place to photograph hummingbirds and other desert species. Bring your big glass... More 

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Estero, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

Excellent for hiking. The canyon offers all levels of hiking from an easy nature trail to strenuous Big Baldy trail. Lots of trees and Madera Creek. Also has camping, picnic and facilities. We try to go there couple times a week. Sp peaceful.

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Scottsville, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

My son and I stayed and hiked in the canyon in November. The weather was perfect and where we stayed (Santa Rite Lodge) was also very nice.

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Nevada City, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

This canyon is not a far drive from Tucson. A few years ago a Jaguar was found on a camcorder around 2007. You can't see the jaguar as you would have to hike in far- but if you google it there is video footage! The drive is easy and at the base is an area to read about the wildlife,... More 

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