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Tucson Sights

Sabino Canyon

  • Sabino Canyon Rd. at Sunrise Dr. Map It
  • Foothills
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/27/2014

Fodor's Review

Year-round, but especially in summer, locals flock to Coronado National Forest to hike, picnic, and enjoy the waterfalls, streams, swimming holes, saguaros, and shade trees. No cars are allowed, but a narrated tram ride (about 45 minutes round-trip) takes you up a WPA-built road to the top of the canyon; you can hop off and on at any of the nine stops or hike any of the numerous trails.

There's also a shorter tram ride (or you can walk) to adjacent Bear Canyon, where

a rigorous but rewarding hike leads to the popular Seven Falls (it'll take about 1½ to 2 hours each way from the drop-off point, so carry plenty of water). If you're in Tucson near a full moon between April and November, take the special night tram and watch the desert come alive with nocturnal critters.

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Sight Information


Sabino Canyon Rd. at Sunrise Dr., Tucson, Arizona, 85750, United States

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520-749–2861-recorded tram information; 520-749–8700-visitor center

Sight Details:

  • $5 per vehicle, tram $3–$8
  • Visitor center: daily 8–4:30; call for tram schedules

Updated 05/27/2014


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Aug 23, 2003

What a fantastic hike!

Take the tram up the mountain, get off at the top and hike down. We had a blast and it's a easy hike coming down (although footing isn't always even). We were in awe of the beauty here. Our teens loved going off the trail just a little and exploring.

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