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“Rugged and remote but just minutes from development”
Review of Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon
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Ranked #2 of 302 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.
Reviewed 22 August 2014

Take the tour buses out to the end of the Canyon, and then get off anywhere on the way back for a good walk of whatever distance feels good to you. You'll see lots of birds, hear animal noises, and even smell bears (or maybe cougars). There are lots of people around so you can feel safe on the main road, and lots of trails leading off into more remote areas. The Federal Forest Service does a great job with the information center. Be aware, though: wear a hat, good walking/hiking shoes, bring water - even if you're only sitting on the tour bus - you'll be outdoors and it gets hot.

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Reviewed 22 August 2014

What a beautiful area to spend a few hours or an entire day. I would make multiple visits to this area if I ever lived here..... Its a beautiful canyon offering amazing views and opportunities abound regardless of your age and hiking ability. The visitors center is clean and well maintained as are their bathroom faciities. Staff are very friendly and knowledgable. There is even a loup / pathway that leads you around the visitors center which was interesting. Purchase the shuttle ticket which carries passengers both young and old close to the top of the Santa Catalina Mountains. There is a large turn around area for the shuttle and some folks hike to the very top of the mountain from here. We actually got off here and hiked down a few stops before rejoining the tram. This tram service offers opportunities to ride part way and hike part way as they have stops both on the way up to the top and on the way back down. There are many spots along the road with scenic views, some people hike right down into the canyon to enjoy the water, some just observe from the hillside. There are a few stations along the way which is also helpful. Remember your hat, sun lotion and water any time of the year...... We really enjoyed our visit :-) As a side note, if you choose not to purchase the shuttle tickets it is quite a long walk from the visitors center to the beginning of the canyon. We did see many people walking, even some families with strollers, so it clearly can be done but for me and my old knees - well we were happy to cheat a little :-)

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Different culture than the pine trees we're used to seeing!!! ??maybe the roads could have been wider.......

Thank muradbaby
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Every visit home finds me back in the area enjoying the early morning walks (can be very hot during the summer) through the area. The trails are well maintained and marked. It is close to most areas of Tucson. It is an excellent experience to enjoy the local physical environment in a safe setting if the local rules are followed. Sunrises and especially sunsets are beautiful in the park. Carry water, take care in the heat and enjoy this beautiful area of Tucson.

Thank Andy W
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Sabino Canyon is a beautiful desert canyon in the eastern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains offering a taste of desert wilderness, vegetation and occasionally, animals. I visit Sabino Canyon every time I come to Tucson. This last time, I ran a 5 km loop that included parts of the Esperero and Rattlesnake Trails. The run was easy enough but you have to pay attention to your footing to avoid tripping on the uneven trail. In the past, I’ve hiked up the 6 mile round trip to Blackett’s Ridge. It’s well worth the slog to enjoy the panoramic views of Tucson and surrounding mountains. The main road is a option for those who prefer solid paved ground. Many families with strollers walk and run these roads. I’ve also enjoyed the tram rides in Sabino Canyon with younger family members.

Thank Aafia
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