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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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Love to go to Madera Canyon. It is cool, clean, perfect place to go and have lunch by yourself or with friends. Love to take my girls (dogs) and walk a trail with them.

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Tucson, Arizona

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Tucson, Arizona
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Love to go to Madera Canyon. It is cool, clean, perfect place to go and have lunch by yourself or with friends. Love to take my girls (dogs) and walk a trail with them.

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Middle Tennessee
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98 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This area is almost a sky island in the hot and dry desert. It is a mile high at the turn around parking area. It is usually 20 degrees cooler than back in Tucson or the other lower towns, like Green Valley or Sahuarita. There are a lot of picnic tables and some are covered. The trees are tall and... More 

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28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is beautiful in Madera Canyon. Perfect for hiking and getting away to a serene place. My only complaint is that we didn't see any places to stop for a cold drink or lunch. So there's not a lot there if you're looking for amenities.

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Tucson, AZ
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Madera Canyon offers many different well-maintained trails of varying levels of difficulty. It's less than an hour's drive from Tucson, and only the last few miles are mountain-type driving, and it isn't that intense. All the trails are at 5000 ft or higher, so it's much cooler than Tucson. The Super Trail lives up to its name. You ascend 1700... More 

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Clarksdale, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Madera Canyon is within easy drive from Tucson (about 19 miles),but much cooler temperatures make it a haven even in summer. There are no restaurants here, but they are available in nearby Green Valley. Hiking and birding is excellent. We stayed at Chuparosa Inn Bed and Breakfast (reviewed separately) and had a wonderful time. There are numerous hiking trails, several... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was part of the birding trip and was a good experience. Several good birding spots along the way.

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Thank Mary L
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great hiking and birdwatching! We saw Elegant Trogons among the many species in the Canyon. We also saw a lot of deer and a bobcat.

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Tucson, Arizona
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196 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to Madera Canyon on a Saturday about 11:30A and stopped at Santa Rita Lodge. There is a parking area and a shaded area with chairs. We were there for less than 30 minutes, but saw Nuthatches, Acorn woodpeckers, Rufus-headed sparrows, white wing doves, Western Scrub Jays, Goldfinches, House Finches, Broadbill hummingbirds, Black Chin hummingbirds, Magnificent hummingbirds, Blackheaded Grossbeaks, Heatic... More 

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Thank Richard H
Tucson, Arizona
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169 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The canyon can be as challenging a hike as you choose to make it. The scenery is spectacular the farther up you go, but regardless of where you are the sights are worth saving on your camera. Take plenty of water because you'll need it year around, especially during the hotter months. Also, a cell phone can come in helpful... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

About an hour south of Tucson, Madera Canyon is one of the most interesting places in the southwest for birders. Species not usually seen in the U.S. are sometimes found here as they find their way North from Mexico and the Sierra Madrea range. This is also a great hiking and camping area with a couple of B&B's in the... More 

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