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Sabino Canyon, Tucson

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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. Before you visit Tucson, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • We ended our Tucson trip with an late day hike in Sabino Canyon. $5 parking fee per day wasn’t too bad. There are lots of people also out walking in the main road leading up the mountain. We took a si...  more »
  • LOVED this experience. This is great for every age and every fitness level. You can stay on the trolley and enjoy the tour or get off at any of the nine stops to hike the mountain. As much or as littl...  more »
  • Pleasant hikes. Take the tram to the top even if you are hiking at a different stop. Go to the top and then get off at your stop on the way down.  more »
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  • Beautiful trail through a desert canyon, with dozens of miles of trails to explore. My daughter and I took the early shuttle to the end of the paved road, then explored part of the Phone Line trail before descending to the main path again. The shuttle drive provided interesting facts about the canyon and nature on our way to our stop. During our walk on the main path, we stopped several times to wade through the water that cascades down from the mountains. Cold, clear water, and spotted a few small fish and frogs. A very enjoyable time. Glad we did it early, as spring around Tucson is still pretty warm. One criticism is that, during our trip, there were three shuttles running. One of them was right behind the other, meaning you could easily miss them both (we did) if you weren't at a designated stop. A little more spacing would be nice.
  • Incredible location!! Always crowded in parking lot. Most people walk the main road or take the tour tram that costs 10$ up and down the canyon. You can go hiking and see nobody for hours depending on the trail. My favorite trail was Phone Line Trail it overlooks the Sabino Canyon from high up. Located on the northeast corner of Sunrise Blvd and Sabino Canyon Road at Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. With soaring mountains, deep canyons, and the unique plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert found here draw over a million visitors a year to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. The wonders of the desert foothills and rocky gorges of the Santa Catalina Mountains are marvelous and accessible.
  • I love Sabino Canyon, went on a great hike in late- April and still manage to find enough water to take a dunk!! There are great hikes for all experience levels and fellow hikers are extremely friendly. Visit Sabino only if you want to have a good time.
  • Another one of my favorite places in Tucson. Even though parking is sometimes difficult and it might seem crowded I would recommend you take the tram up to the top of Sabino and walk down. As soon as you start walking you will find your are almost all alone. There are many off road hiking trails as well. This is a place you come back to many times. Great gift shop as well. This park is a great example of your tax dollars at work.
  • A wonderful place to go for hiking, nice tours around the Canyon, guides very amicable, museum and store very nice and interesting. Super clean restrooms. Highly recommend it.

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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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