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We enjoyed another area to hike in and this area offers many lengths and trail conditions. There... read more

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Albany, Oregon
Beautiful drive

Beautiful drive and visit to the canyon with a gorgeous little stream running through it. People... read more

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Exit 63 Off Interstate 19, 303 Old Tucson (Nogales Ranger Station), Tucson, AZ 85747
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Reviewed 1 week 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
Thank Nyceone
Reviewed 1 week 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
Thank anneV653AJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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
Thank meganjanebursey
Reviewed November 7, 2018

My husband & I drove in to stop #3 (check out Madera Canyon map online), parked (there's plenty of parking on both sides of the street) and took a hike alongside the creek trail which was still babbling noisily up to stop #4 where the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank almaanne
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Good times, peaceful, not hard, lots of trees, hard if you go to the top of the mtn. about 1 1/2 hours south of Tucson.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Gregg M
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Though not prepared for anything close to an extensive hiking day or shorter trip into the Canyon, there are several beautiful trails for easy to more advanced hiking available. Trail maps and other important information about hiking in the canyon are available at the Gift...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Suzanne I
Reviewed September 22, 2018

Each state has its own set of landscapes, colors, shapes... this canyon is one of of examples for Arizona... It is not excellent, but it something that you can store in your brain -- with title: "This is Arizona"

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MarcinDrP
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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.
Adrian P
October 17, 2017|
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Response from wes53032 | Reviewed this property |
Should not have a problem. Gradual incline up the canyon.
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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