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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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A lovely SW canyon near Tucson

A reprieve from the heat of Tucson--you drive to about 5000 plus feet into scrub oak and pine, with... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2015
Bird Watchers Paradise

This is one of my favorite places in SW Arizona. I go there at least three-four times a year... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2015
Tucson, Arizona
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Exit 63 Off Interstate 19, 303 Old Tucson (Nogales Ranger Station), Tucson, AZ 85747
+1 520-281-2296

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Reviewed 30 June 2015

A reprieve from the heat of Tucson--you drive to about 5000 plus feet into scrub oak and pine, with wild turkeys likely to be spotted and a shot a having a glimpse of the Elegant Trogan once you are on the trail. I've seen it...More

Thank normane557
Reviewed 30 June 2015

This is one of my favorite places in SW Arizona. I go there at least three-four times a year. Nestled in the juniper-oak life zone, it is a cool respite from the heat of the summer. The spring offers wildflowers and the fall provides beautiful...More

Thank AzbrDr
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Madera Canyon is a wonderful hiking and birding area about 20 miles south of Tucson. For birding, the Carrie Nation Trail is outstanding. From about April to August, the chances of seeing the Elegant Trogan, who nest there, is very good. There are also many...More

Thank Scubaqueen_12
Reviewed 3 June 2015

We had a great time in the canyon - stayed 5 days and spent our days at the lodge bird feeder and hiking the many trails in the canyon. We were there on Memorial Day weekend and I was surprised that there were not as...More

Thank Mounshadou
Reviewed 1 June 2015

Trails well maintained. Birding was excellent. Easy to get around. Novice and advanced birders in the area and both were willing and ready to share sightings.

Thank 11moog-o
Reviewed 29 May 2015

always see wildlife while driving up and down the mountain. Summertime rains bring the steams to full run and fun for all to play in. Pack a lunch or bring the goods to BBQ while there. very easy access with paved road all the way...More

Thank onexxxputt
Reviewed 28 May 2015

Quite a lovely canyon area. A wide range of walking and hiking trails. One of the best bird watching spots in the world. An amazing green space given that you just drove 30 minutes through the desert to get there. Great educational programs. At certain...More

Thank drtim
Reviewed 27 May 2015

Drive into Madera Canyon and park in the first lot. Start your hike at the beginning of the Bud Gode Interpretive Trail and be prepared to see a wide variety of animals, birds, trees and vegetation.

4  Thank Patrick H
Reviewed 25 May 2015

This is known as birder heaven but you have to be quite fit to hike the trail at the top where the rarer birds are. Unfortunately I have rickety knees so could not do this. However we did see a few nice birds at the...More

Thank Bob-a-JobSussex
Reviewed 21 May 2015

This is a slightly lesser known track, especially in comparison to Sabino Canyon. Hence, you get to see less number of people, which can be a good thing if you venture out on a holiday. It can be a little strenuous though.

Thank Prince_Hector
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Betty E
I'd like to buy my pass at a local office so I don't get charged the online fee. Where can I get it in Tucson?
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
Betty E
Can I buy my lifetime Senior Pass at Mafdera Canyon? Where is the office? Can I buy it in an office in Tucson, where I live?
11 March 2017|
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Response from katiepenney | Reviewed this property |
You can buy it at the entrance
Liz B
We are looking to camp here end of march but not sure how cold it will be?
25 February 2017|
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Response from george s | Reviewed this property |
google the averaqges for the area... been warm this year so could be warm... nights do get chilly...