Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

No Pets Allowed

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

Here you will find outstanding scenery that features steep rock cliffs and unique desert vegetation adjacent to riparian corridors. You may get lucky and view a Gila Monster, Bobcat, Gambel's Quail, Eastern Collard Lizard, Gopher Snake and more. The animals of this area 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. Come have a picnic at one of the many pools and cascades that grace Sabino Creek.

Many local people call Sabino Canyon their second home.  Some popular contemporary uses are walking, jogging, hiking, bicycling (with restricted times) shuttle riding, nature study, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, photography and so much more.  The canyon itself has been closed to private vehicles since 1978.  For non-walkers a concessionaire called "Sabino Canyon Tours" operates under a special use permit with the Coronado National Forest and offers a narrated, educational 45-minute, 3.8 mile tour into the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains that follows the stream. They also offer a 1 mile shuttle to the Bear Canyon Overlook leading to Seven Falls.  For more info on the shuttles please call, 520-749-2327.

For those who just want a refresher course on its wonders, the nature trail at the visitor center offers plenty of wildlife and trailside interpretive information.  The Recreation area itself has over 30 miles of trails.  Come talk to one of our amazing volunteers or employees.

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.  Check with  www.sabinocanyon.com for shuttle times. There is no designated RV, Equestrian, or Bus parking at the Recreation area.
Fees A day use fee of $5.00 is required, or a $20.00 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

Recreation Map

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Activities


Bicycling

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Nature Viewing

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Outdoor Learning

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Picnicking

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