Madera Canyon

Madera Canyon is a retreat for birds and human snow birds alike, with cooler weather, extensive trail systems and mountainous scenery.

A world-renowned spot for bird watching, Madera Canyon is the resting place for migrating species. The area also offers an extensive trail system for hikers that's easily accessible, and a retreat to those looking for cooler weather.

History & Nature

Located 25 miles south of Tucson and 11 miles east of Green Valley, this mountainous break in the northwest face of the Santa Rita Mountains offers a generally temperate climate. During the winter, however, it allows access to snow for desert dwellers craving a little winter fun.

Things To Do

This spot is great for a quick day hike and picnic, or you can take advantage of the higher elevation for a longer period of time by setting up camp. Birders will especially enjoy the canyon, as it is known for being a migratory bird haven. The trail system can be accessed from the canyon’s campground and picnic areas.

Hotels, Lodging & Camping

Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. There are also three nearby lodgings: Santa Rita Lodge, Madera Kudo Cabins, and Chuparosa B&B. All provide overnight accommodations.

With Tucson and Green Valley close by, even more lodging, RV, and camping sites are at your disposal.

Hours & Pricing

For hours, please visit the website.

Park Entrance Fees:

  • Day Pass: $5
  • Week Pass: $10
  • Annual Pass: $20

For More Information

Nogales Ranger District
303 Old Tucson Rd
Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 281-2296

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