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Madera Canyon, Tucson

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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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To discover the tranquility of the Sonoran Desert, book your stay at an inn just a short drive from Tucson. Staying on the outskirts of the city allows you quick and easy access to some of Arizona's wildest areas, though it does require a car if you wish to enjoy Tucson's shops and restaurants. For the ultimate in indulgence, consider one of the city's award-winning luxury resorts, which feature full-service spa and fitness centers, championship golf courses, lighted tennis courts, and indoor swimming pools.
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  • A wonderful drive up the canyon, with exciting views all around. Partway up, you run into the bird area, with numerous types of bird, a special stop for bird watchers. Watch the wild turkeys roam all ...  more »
  • My husband and our 2 youngest teens came to Tucson to visit my dad. He suggested a hike here and it was absolutely beautiful. We opted to hike the nature trail instead of the more advanced trail my da...  more »
  • We've been to Madera Canyon a few times and always see lots of great birds. There aren't a lot of sweeping views but it is a very pretty place. Also, not a scary mountain road for those afraid of heig...  more »