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“It was a Heck of a Hike! Great Scenery!”
Review of Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon
Ranked #4 of 320 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 September 30, 2017

We hiked for nearly 3 hours! The canyon and area were magnificent! It was a perfect day for a long hike, though I didn't think we were going to hike that long. We just kept walking and walking. I could have had better shoes. There were blisters on both heels of my feet when I was done.

The roadrunners were fun to see... my first actual sighting of a roadrunner ever was here in Sabino Canyon! Very Cool!

We were told to keep an eye open for mountain lions... whether that be fact or fiction, I kept my eyes peeled for those mountain cats. I didn't want to be a big kitty's "tender vittles" by any means!

All in all, it was a great walk through the Canyon! Do it, but wear comfortable shoes, watch out for dangerous animals, bring a walking stick, and bring water, a hat, and your camera.

Thank ShanOC
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Reviewed September 28, 2017

It seems redundant to add yet another review of Sabino Canyon, but if you've never gone in on a bicycle you're missing a great experience. Even in summer you can ride in the early AM--and you have to, because it closes to bicyclists when it opens to everyone else at 9 AM. You'll get a work out uphill and then mainly coast back, enjoying the scenery. I've hiked here countless times but saw my first gila monster from the bike!

Thank O1354ZLandrewb
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Reviewed September 27, 2017

The canyon and grounds were absolutely awesome. Nature in its beauty.
The tram was a good easy to see things on a hot day. It should have made more longer stops along the way. An hour in between trams was too long to have to wait.
They really need to work on the exhaust from the tram engine. Such a beautiful nature place, and the tram dumping copious amounts of foul smoke, and I was in the last row in an open car. terrible pollution in a national Forrest.

Thank Dave O
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Reviewed September 26, 2017

Very nice National Park. Free to seniors like me, since I have the National Parks pass, but the tram is $10 per person. A nice way to get an up close and personal look at the Canyon for all levels and abilities.

Thank LandscapeDesigner3
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Reviewed September 22, 2017

The popularity of this place is easy to understand. Besides its incredible beauty, there is nothing better to than to take the tram to the end of the trail and then take a walk back to the starting point (a few miles) along the park road. Along the way you see other hikers far above you hiking along the trails near the top ridges. You pass swimming holes bordered by huge rocks that have come down in monsoon and winter storms. The little stream that runs down the canyon crosses the road in several places and along the edges are large rocks spaced evenly enough to travel on if the high water floods the bridge service. Because the sides of the valley are steep, flooding can occur at anytime so even when hiking the road, one must always be aware of the storms as a flash flood can happen at any time. Even if the rain is spread out over a large area above you, as all the water is channeled into this narrow canyon, a flash flood will develop at a moment's notice. The hike passes below Thimble Mountain, a readily recognizable shape. There is also a face in the rocks that the tram driver will point out to you on the way up. What a great place to hike, get out and enjoy nature. Go and enjoy this natural place. BTW, if you decide to take the night tram tour, be sure 1) The night is almost cloudless and 2) You have a warm jacket and pants.

3  Thank Paul W
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