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“A beautiful park”
Review of Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon
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Tucson Day Tour
Ranked #2 of 282 things to do in Tucson
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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.
Phoenix, Arizona
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A beautiful park”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Sabino Canyon has more vegetation than most of the parks that I have visited in Arizona. It felt good to simply hike on the road and hear the sounds of the stream flowing alongside. The trails that spur off from the road and into the wilderness were beautiful.

Visited December 2012
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“Tram option and nice views”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Again Americans know how to arrange services in national parks. There was a 5 dollar fee for parking and you could just pay it by putting money to an envelope. It was also possible to take a tram journey to the top of the canyon and then hop off - hop off as much as you wanted between the stops. The driver told stories and facts about the nature, when we were driving up by tram. If you like nature, this is a place to visit.

Visited December 2012
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Newport Beach, California
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82 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Nature at Its Most Beautiful”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Tram ride with 9 stops and narratives was great for first timers. But be warned--it is freezing cold in the winter. Sit close to the front for less wind & warmth & wear warm clothing. Take your camera for all the beautiful sights. Get off the tram at the top & explore the area-had rained the week before so the streams were running and full. Catch a tram to the lower stops by showing your ticket--then get off again to climb on the rocks by the water or take a trail back to the Visitor Center.

Visited December 2012
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338 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“A great place to hike”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

About 8 miles from downtown, Sabino Canyon is great for an all day hike. This is not a good place from April to September because it is much too hot unless you go very early in the morning. Late fall thru spring offer beautiful weather and a chance for a hike of anywhere from 2 to 10 miles. Suggest packing a lunch as no food in the canyon and sitting by the stream if it has recently rained.

Visited December 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Natural lovers - Sabino Canyon, NE side of Tucson, AZ”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

There is a great place and nice view. You have to pay for parking ($5) unless you have an annual of $20 / 2 permits. Just don't chance it, it you park without paying ... you the fine is a lot more than just $5. It's great to get outdoors, enjoy nature and a place to unwind. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes, bring water, a hat to cover your head from the sun & heat, sunglasses, sunblock, etc. Don't forget your camera, if your a big camera buff. There is a tram to take up the canyon for a price. I have taken the tram up the trail, then I would walk back. It's a lot easier to walk down the trail compared then up the trail. Pace yourself, especially, if you don't exercise on a regular basis. Try it out, you won't regret it.

Visited December 2012
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