Madera Canyon Picnic Area


Benches along the trail

Madera Canyon lies on the northwest face of the Santa Rita Mountains. Its higher elevation grants relief to desert dwellers during the hot months and allows access to snow during the winter. A world-renowned location for bird watching, Madera Canyon is a major resting place for migrating species, while the extensive trail system of the Santa Rita Mountains is easily accessed from the Canyon’s campground and picnic areas. Madera Canyon has a long and colorful history. The Friends of Madera Canyon, a cooperating volunteer group, helps the Forest Service maintain recreation sites and provides brochures and education programs. If you are interested in joining the group, please write: Friends of Madera Canyon, PO Box 1203, Green Valley, AZ 85622.

At a Glance

Reservations: No
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees:
Day-use: $8 per vehicle
Weekly: $10 per vehicle
Buy a pass online, or purchase a pass on-site with cash or check. Proof of payment, or a valid Coronado National Forest Annual Pass or Interagency (America the Beautiful) Pass, including the Annual, Senior, Access, or Military Pass, must be displayed on the driver's side of the vehicle dashboard. Learn more about accepted passes.
Restrictions: Weapons may not be discharged within the boundaries. All pets must be on a leash.
Closest Towns: 25 miles south of Tucson and 11 miles east of Green Valley.
Water: Drinking water is available
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Nogales Ranger District
Information Center: Nogales Ranger District 520-281-2296

General Information

Directions:

Turn east off of I-19 at the Continental Exit 63. Follow the signs to Whitehouse Canyon Road and on to the Forest boundary, about 11 miles.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Picnicking

No. of Sites 6
Reservation Info The Santa Rita Lodge (520/625-8746) is nearby.

Amenities

Interpretive Site: Yes
Picnic tables: Yes
Fee charged for some activities: Yes
Parking: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Accessible: Yes
Drinking water: Yes

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
31.727156

  Longitude : 
-110.880683

  Elevation : 
5,000 feet - 5,500 feet