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“Great hiking & running in the desert”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon
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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.
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“Great hiking & running in the desert”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

This beautiful canyon in the Catalina Mountains is about a 30 min drive (depending on traffic) from downtown Tucson. There is plenty of parking, and you can walk on a paved road or hike the many trails in the park. I do a lot of trail running and enjoy running the trails in this park. Note that they are rocky & surrounded by cactus! There is a creek that runs through the center of the canyon, and depending on the time of year, it can be full and fast or it can be somewhat shallow and stagnant. There are always pools to be found where you can take a refreshing dip, and it is surrounded by trees so it is a rare opportunity to find shade and coolness in the desert. It is one of the most beautiful, memorable places to visit in Tucson! And if you're not up for the hike, there is a tram that takes visitors up & down the road (a round trip of maybe 8 miles) where you can site see all the beautiful desert plants and animals, and you can get off and walk at any point. I believe there's a fee, which you can find online.

Visited August 2014
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“Beautiful especially after an Arizona rain”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

You haven't been to Tucson until you have hiked or walked at beautiful Sabino Canyon. Although t he trams are noisy it gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy the canyon

Visited August 2014
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“Enjoyable desert canyon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

Hiked a hike at the bottom of the canyon with beautiful views of mountains and cacti. Then hopped the tram to the top and hiked again to have a really refreshing swim in on of the river pools. Lovely. Tram allows you to hop on and off at different stops, which is a great option. $5 parking for the day; tram was $8 per person but well worth it for the option of getting a ride when the weather is too hot and checking out different spots. Never felt crowded on the trails we chose - we were the only ones for 1 and met 1 other hiker on the other.

Visited August 2014
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Vancouver, BC
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“Rugged and remote but just minutes from development”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited August 2014
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“Love this Spot It would never get boring...”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 :-)

Visited January 2014
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