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Madera Canyon

Exit 63 Off Interstate 19, 303 Old Tucson (Nogales Ranger Station), Tucson, AZ 85747
+1 520-281-2296
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Fabulous

We had a fabulous ride up into the canyon, even with ears popping and the drop in temperature it... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Eugenie P
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Old Bolingbroke, United Kingdom
Birder's Delight

Took a day birding trip to this birders hot spot. First stop was Santa Rita Lodge. Small shop and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
prakthomas
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Southeast Pennsylvania
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“green valley” (44 reviews)
“bird watching” (41 reviews)
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Exit 63 Off Interstate 19, 303 Old Tucson (Nogales Ranger Station), Tucson, AZ 85747
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+1 520-281-2296
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"green valley"
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"bird watching"
in 41 reviews
"santa rita lodge"
in 35 reviews
"wild turkeys"
in 27 reviews
"nature trail"
in 24 reviews
"carrie nation"
in 8 reviews
"acorn woodpeckers"
in 5 reviews
"great hiking"
in 23 reviews
"nice picnic"
in 7 reviews
"picnic area"
in 13 reviews
"beautiful area"
in 12 reviews
"great place to hike"
in 10 reviews
"lots of hiking trails"
in 5 reviews
"different species"
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"parking lot"
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"long hike"
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"day trip"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a fabulous ride up into the canyon, even with ears popping and the drop in temperature it was well worth it. There was a wonderful array of wildlife and the views are excellent

Thank Eugenie P
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Took a day birding trip to this birders hot spot. First stop was Santa Rita Lodge. Small shop and seat to watch a wide variety of hummingbirds, woodpeckers, turkey, jays, pine siskins all close up, great photo ops, all birds not seen on the east...More

Thank prakthomas
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Reviewed 6 days ago

You can't escape Tucson's heat in Madera Canyon because the elevation is not as high as that of Mt. Lemmon, but it is beautiful and worthy of general sightseeing as well as great birding. Lodging is available in the canyon. Bird feeding stations can be...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is South of Tucson and is a beautiful little canyon. We especially enjoyed two stops that have bird feeders set up for birdwatchers. It was a beautiful day, cooler than in Tucson. Opportunities for hiking trails are available also.

Thank 61aah
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The drive in from the interstate was beautiful. The volunteer staff were very helpful in providing information about the hiking trails. We enjoyed the Super Trail, which admittedly was a little more challenging than expected. The views down the canyon and towards Green Valley, were...More

Thank Brian S
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

This is such an enchanted place. You move from birds and desert plants through the canyon up into pine forests. We met a couple who had just seen a mountain lion!

Thank ancientmoods
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We decided to check out Madera Canyon and truly enjoyed the trip up there. It was crowded, all seats taken so we strolled around and enjoyed the fresh air and the sounds of so many birds. We will go again.

Thank Rusty C
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We went to Madera Canyon to ride our bike up it and it was a very challenging ride. Make sure you have the right setup on your bike to climb up it.

Thank artobloom
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Not far from continental rd exit off 19. Take right at stop sign and follow the signs. The roads aren't the best and beware of flooded roads, but well worth the trip. Hummingbird paradise too. There is a 25 dollar fee to get into the...More

Thank tgiblin
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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

Hiking in Madera Canyon is such a treat as it is always cooler than the valley whether winter or summer. In March water was flowing in the creek, not a common event in dry weather months. We saw the colorful Elegant Trojan on our hike....More

Thank WireWrapGems2
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chalimarrero
15 March 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.
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Adrian P
17 October 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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Betty E
11 March 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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