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Madera Canyon

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  • Madera Canyon
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Published 11/18/2015

Fodor's Review

With approximately 200 miles of scenic trails, the recreation area of Madera Canyon—which includes Mount Wrightson, the highest peak in southern Arizona, at 9,453 feet—is a haven for hikers and birders. Trails vary from a steep trek up Mount Baldy to a paved, wheelchair-accessible path. Birders flock here year-round; about 400 avian species have been spotted in the area.

There are picnic tables and ramadas near the parking area, and camping is available for $10 per night on a first-come, first-served basis (the 13 campsites have drinking water and restrooms, but no showers or electric hookups). The Santa Rita Lodge, with charming cabins and a gift shop, is also here.

Sight Information


Madera Canyon Rd., Madera Canyon, Arizona, 85614, USA

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520-281–2296-for Nogales Ranger District office

Sight Details:

  • $5
  • Daily

Published 11/18/2015


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