Madera Canyon Picnic Area
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
|Area Amenities:||Interpretive Site,Accessible,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking|
Day-use: $8 per vehicle
Weekly: $10 per vehicleBuy 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|
|Operated By:||Nogales Ranger District|
|Information Center:||Nogales Ranger District 520-281-2296|
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.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
|No. of Sites||6|
|Reservation Info||The Santa Rita Lodge (520/625-8746) is nearby.|
|Fee charged for some activities:||Yes|