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Sabino Canyon, Tucson

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Must see · Canyon · Nature / Park
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Scenic Sabino Canyon is a popular recreation area for both locals and visitors, providing a place to hike, picnic, and spot wildlife. Begin at the visitor center, where you can learn about the canyon’s plant and animal life, pick up maps, and ask staff questions. Sabino Canyon Tours offers narrated and non-narrated tram trips through the area. Enjoy a relaxing ride or get off at one of the several stops to set off on a hiking path. The Seven Falls hike is a fairly easy and popular walk, leading to refreshing waterfalls where you can cool off. Bring a large bottle of water with you. Plan a Tucson trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • I would recommend not hiking in the middle of the as it was hot. We hiked back and forth to the dam. The walking paths were clean and clear and well marked. The information center was informative and....  more
    I would recommend not hiking in the middle of the as it was hot. We hiked back and forth to the dam. The walking paths were clean and clear and well marked. The information center was informative and....  more »
  • $15/person gets you about a five mile ride up the canyon with recorded narration. Amazing views and you go thru running water a few times. So many cacti 🌵! You can get off at many stops en route... 
    $15/person gets you about a five mile ride up the canyon with recorded narration. Amazing views and you go thru running water a few times. So many cacti 🌵! You can get off at many stops en route...  more »
  • The Mr and I wanted to see and learn about the Sabino Canyon. The tram was a great way to do both since neither of us were dressed or prepared to hike. We took the 9:00 tram ($15 each) and was... 
    The Mr and I wanted to see and learn about the Sabino Canyon. The tram was a great way to do both since neither of us were dressed or prepared to hike. We took the 9:00 tram ($15 each) and was...  more »
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  • I just love this place. I never have been here on summer time but we had visitors and we need it to go somewhere so we decided to go to Sabino and take the shuttle. When we got there we saw that they had a high water tour. When we read about it we realized that the shuttle only goes to the stop number 2 so we decided to walk instead. When we arrived to the first bridge (just after stop number 2) we understood why the high water tour. You can see it on the pictures. I've never seen so much water in Sabino. It was beautiful. I'm so happy we had visitors other wise I would have never go to Sabino in August.
  • Nice little night walk. Plenty of groups, but we ended up going lone for most of the time to take our time with photos and sightseeing. The locals are way too fast :-) The way has recently been paved with asphalt. Not sure how I feel about it. It certainly makes the way more accessible and we were able to spot the night creatures more readily (We've seen snake and frogs) but on the other side, it detracts a bot from enjoying the natural scenery. At some point in the way the path crosses a stream. During Monsoon it overflows and you you'll get your feet wet. Bringing some bags to cross is a good idea to keep your feet dry! I recommend getting the permit from the machine on the car park. We got ours online and because it was a rental it did not let us add the registration, which made for an awkward situation as we weren't able to print either. The permit will give you access to other places including mt lemon, which we visited the day after, so really worth it!
  • Did a very quick afternoon visit to the dam area to check out the water flow from the monsoons. The trail is pretty easy and a wonderful place to wander around for beautiful desert vistas (still quite hot though so be prepared!!). Thrilled with how green the desert looks after all the rain. The views of the mountains were stunning in the afternoon light and some of the cacti are flowering. The pops of color are always such a treat!
  • We booked a trip on the Sabino Canyon Crawler for my elderly 90+ year old grandparents. They were in town for a wedding and with the Arizona heat, we thought the Sabino Canyon Crawler was an ideal opportunity to see the Arizona nature in a less strenuous way. We were absolutely disgusted with the service on our team by bus-driver Cathy. She drove us to the top of the mountain, invited us all off the bus with her for 5 minutes to look around. She even got off the bus with us. We didn't leave the parking area, and were there less than 5 minutes when Cathy all of a sudden drove off with no warning at all - with only 2 people on the bus. She didn't stop as we yelled and completely ignored us and never even glanced back at our 13 person group and the other 2 elderly women she abandoned. She left two 90-year-olds on the mountain in over 100 degree heat for over an hour. She was apparently concerned with my grandfather getting onto the bus telling him to not fall when we first boarded, but didn't even blink as she abandoned him in the heat. We love national and state parks and have always been so impressed by the hospitality of the park services, but I have never experienced such a terrible interaction with an employee before this. We will certainly never be back to the Crawler and hope that everyone in our party is healthy after this trip. I wanted to pass this on because this is dangerous and perhaps another group will have serious health complications if Cathy abandons them next time.
  • Beautiful canyon, buy the tram ticket it is worth the ride. We walked in and took the tram out. Take way more h20 than you think you need, a hat, sunscreen, snacks and make sure to have the phone number of the canyon offices in case you need help. Cell services are spotty which is to be expected. Very kind staff. Cute museum and gift shop. Unfortunately the canyon was dry when we went. Check the conditions ahead of time. Got to meet a group of Hotshots 🔥

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