Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

No Pets Allowed

Sabino Canyon, one of the most premier natural areas in southern Arizona, is located at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains at 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road, Tucson, AZ 85750.

Come to Sabino to see water in the desert. Between steep rock cliffs and unique desert vegetation you will find riparian corridors. You may even get lucky and view a Gila Monster, Bobcat, or other animals that are adapt to our 100 + degree summers and mild winters. The Sonoran desert has two rainy seasons: gentle winter rains and a dramatic summer monsoon. Due to winter snow melt and summer electrifying lightning storms Sabino Creek flows almost year around.

Many local people call Sabino Canyon their second home. Visitors walk, jog, hike, wildlife viewing, photography and so much more. If you want to bicycle in the Canyon times are limited to after 5pm

The canyon itself has been closed to private vehicles since 1978. However you can still visit Sabino Canyon in an emission-free, open-air Sabino Canyon Crawler or Bear Canyon shuttle. Along the 1-hour round trip route for Sabino Canyon enjoy an audio tour or get off at one of the nine shuttle stops. The Bear Canyon route is 30-minutes round trip and has three stops. Times, pricing, and tickets are available online.

The Recreation Area itself has over 30 miles of trails. Come to the Visitor Center to talk with one of our amazing volunteers or employees. Visit our bookstore for maps, gifts, and souvenirs.

Pets are not allowed in Sabino Canyon, Service Animals as defined by The Americans with Disabilities Act are authorized.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:  Sabino Canyon Recreation Area does not close the gates.  However, the bookstore and visitor center are open 7 days a week from 8:00 - 4:30. 
Shuttle Services are offered by a third party concessionaire. Information regarding the shuttle can be located at Sabino Canyon Crawler.
Fees A day use fee of $8.00 is required, or a $40.00 annual recreational pass can be purchased at the visitor center and is good for a full year from month of purchase. These passes below are also accepted and should be placed on your dashboard when entering the park.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: No pets are allowed in Sabino Canyon, except Handi-dogs.   No glass containers please.  No camping.  
Information Center: Santa Catalina Ranger District  520-749-8700

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