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Camped here for a night, beautiful

I camped here with my wife and another couple. It felt safe in the campsite, it was quiet and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tucson, Arizona
Lovely Autumn Colors in Late October-Early November

My husband & I drove in to stop #3 (check out Madera Canyon map online), parked (there's plenty of... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2018
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Exit 63 Off Interstate 19, 303 Old Tucson (Nogales Ranger Station), Tucson, AZ 85747
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed September 17, 2018

Excellent Canyon for hiking and birding. You must stop by Santa Rita Lodge, put a $5 donation p/p in the bin and sit and enjoy the birds at the feeder (bats in the evening). The hummingbird feeders are so close you can almost touch them...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank SpicySteve1962
Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

This area has a number of picnic sites, trails and the lovely Bog Springs campground. It is a fee area ($5) per day. Great area for bird watching especially for hummingbirds (mid August-mid September). In this are the Santa Rita lodge has a wild-viewing area...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sarracenia
Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

Haven't been here in probably 40 years. It's beautiful! Beautiful views, lots to see and do - if you're the outdoor type or bird watcher. Opportunities to stay in cabins, or a B&B. Everybody we talked with was very friendly. Want to go back and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank trucomp5221992
Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

We are in Tucson over an year but never visited this place .we gave it a try out after hearing about the madera continue from our friend.. absolutely stunning place for nature's beauty.. well maintained trails.. nice place for bird watching.. have fallen in love...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sun2202
Reviewed August 19, 2018

Fabulous trails, nature walk, year round creek. Beautiful! Bird watching. Hiking & Camping. Picnic areas!

Date of experience: October 2017
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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.
Betty E
March 10, 2017|
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Response from fotoman170 | Reviewed this property |
I got my pass at the USFS downtown but I am disabled so I qualified for the perpetual pass and had to get it at the office. If you are on Social Security, you will have to do the same. Otherwise I'd just get the pass at the... More
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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