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“Scenic Views and lots of Flora and Fauna”
Review of Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon
Ranked #2 of 309 things to do in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located in the Catalina Mountains and part of the Coronado National Forest, this beautiful canyon offers outdoor recreation including hiking, swimming, biking and picnicking. For an overview of the area, take the narrated shuttle bus tour.
Reviewed May 11, 2012

This picture post card park was actually developed in the 1930s by
the US Government under the WPA and the CCC.
There are amazing vistas and scenic pools, and streams of mountain spring water. On a warm day like this, you could get uncomfortable pounding the pavement.
There is a tram available for 8 bucks, cash only. You can rock and roll all the way to the top at station #9 and then walk back over multiple trails.
I would suggest tackling Sabino during the cooler season.
There is a lot of nature to see. Unfortunately, only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the afternoon sun. No self respecting javalina, scorpion or sidewinder would be caught outside at mid day.
During the warm season, they have night trips scheduled four times a month.
Sabino is under the jurisdiction of the USDA, because it is part of the Coronado National Forest. You can use your Interagency National Park Pass for free parking only.

1  Thank bobemac
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

Great tram ride up to the top and a pleasant walk down only 4 miles down. Beautiful scenery and wasn't too hot. Wear a hat and bring water.

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Reviewed May 10, 2012

side of the desert, awesome hiking, amazing views and lost of wildlife. a good place to locals and tourist to get a good work out or just go on a picnic

Thank a l
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

One of the best parks around. You can walk a 7 mile paved path, take a side hike on a desert path, take a trolly, etc.........! you must go in the spring when everything is in bloom. The Saguaros are in bloom April/May, as well as most Cactus. The water is flowing in the spring as well, and you can take a side path, and have a nice picnic at the tables provided, and dip your feet in the cool mountain water. Such nice little private picnic areas all along the paved road. There are also restrooms at several points along the 7 mile hike, and this is pretty rare for alot of parks. Nice gift shop that also has several free brochures and hiking trail maps! Get out get active, and enjoy the beautiful views!!!

Thank 5frys
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

Take the tram -- a great way to see the beauty of the canyon and combine some walking with some riding.

Thank cruiser44Ohio
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