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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. Take a look at our Tucson trip itinerary app to schedule your visit to Madera Canyon and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I did a solo hike to the summit of Mt. Wrightson on a Thursday morning and the only company I had was the wildlife. The hike itself was on the moderate plus to difficult side, I'm 67 so the hike was c...  more »
  • You put your entry/parking fee ($5) in an envelope and put the stub on the car dash and the envelope in a containder. Easy unless you need change. Anyway the canyon is beautiful and the hiking is fun....  more »
  • I've driven to Madera canyon twice to hike it's beautiful mountain, the latest one is to Santa Rita trail. it's not a very common trail. I feel so lucky to have a group to introduce these mountains. a...  more »

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