Madera Canyon

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.

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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
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