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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
Phone Number: 520 281 2296
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Great for humminbirds!

My husband led his birding class for senior citizens here. We parked ourselves in the guest chairs under shade umprellas at the Santa Rita Lodge and were wowed by all of the birds... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Louann M
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Huntington Beach, California
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Huntington Beach, California
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband led his birding class for senior citizens here. We parked ourselves in the guest chairs under shade umprellas at the Santa Rita Lodge and were wowed by all of the birds that came to their feeders. Be sure to visit their gift shop, and leave some money in the donation box to help with the expense of feeding... More 

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Thank Louann M
Kingsport, Tennessee
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Santa Rita lodge has a small bird viewing area that attracts numerous species of hummingbirds and other birds. Madera Canyon is known for holding Elegant Trogons and many other SE Arizona specialties.

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Thank SaddlePoor
Algona, United States
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful little drive, and we loved all that we saw in the short time we were there. We would definitely like to return when we can spend more time hiking. It was a very peaceful place.

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Thank Dale M
Tucson
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Madera Canyon is a stunning area to the south of Tucson. It is easily accessible and provides a beautiful scenic drive that takes you from the Sonoran Desert to a riparian habitat that will take your breath away. There are a few cabins that can be rented for overnight stays, but most people go as a day trip for hiking,... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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163 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The canyon offers a change of scenery and temperature from the open desert and the wildlife opportunities abound

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1 Thank Marc W
Tucson, Arizona
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got there early (9ish)-there were not too many people on the trails, so we got to spot lots of flora, and some beautiful birds. It was quiet, cool and a wonderful trail. Loved it.

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1 Thank NikiVM
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The beauty and wildlife is amazing. Diversity of hikes, birds, and plants if quite beautiful. Depending on the time of year it could get hot, quite hot so be smart about the hike and your ability.

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Corona de Tucson, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not too far from me so I have been here many times over the years. No matter the occasion - it never disappoints. Picnics, playing in the snow, portraits or gathering for a memorial...always peaceful and beautiful. A true gem in this area.

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Thank AZMichele
Tucson, Arizona
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very peaceful canyon full of hiking trails, exotic birds and picnic areas. You can choose what you'd like to do.

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Thank Linda K
Tucson, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be sure to bring a map and bird guide. You will kick yourself if you forget your camera if you even moderately enjoy photography! There are birding pamphlets at the trail heads, but you will need to have a guide or book to identify the species on the pamphlet

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