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