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.
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.
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.
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.
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Park Entrance Fees:
Nogales Ranger District
303 Old Tucson Rd
Nogales, AZ 85621