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Madera Canyon, Tucson

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#3 of 8 in Nature in Tucson
Part of the extensive Coronado National Forest, Madera Canyon features outdoor facilities, trails, and an array of migratory bird species. Visit the area, nestled in a mountainous region of the state, and marvel at its wide variety of plant life, which ranges from high-elevation forests to more desert-like stretches. Wander its network of hiking trails to explore these different climactic zones, and keep your eyes peeled for some of the more than 200 species of birds that call the area home, including flycatchers, trogons, warblers, and more. Swing by the visitor center for a map of the canyon and then park in one of the several designated areas that line the road throughout the park. Work out when and for how long to visit Madera Canyon and other Tucson attractions using our handy Tucson trip builder.
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  • August 9, 2017
    This is one of my absolute favorite places to hike and bird watch. Definitely go with a group, as lately there have been reports of border crossing issues wandering into these hills. I haven't had any...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    Beautiful road trip from Tucson to the Santa Rita mountains. The Santa Rita Lodge, which burned down in the 80's was the only restaurant there, but they have neat little cabins in the woods, near a st...  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    I have stayed in Madera several times and I love it for the quiet and the hiking trails and the birding.  more »

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