Madera Canyon Recreation Area, Arizona

Over the broad Santa Cruz River Valley and bordered by mountain ranges to the north and west, Madera Canyon is a small, intimate chapel of textures, shapes and colors. An hour south of Tucson and east of Highway I-19, Madera Creek originates near 9,453-foot Mount Wrightson and winds through pine-oak forests and granite outcrops to the high desert far below. Part of Coronado National Forest, the canyon’s main attractions are hiking and bird-watching. The canyon is home to a host of colorful and unique species including the elegant trogon, whose breeding range is located here in Arizona’s "sky islands."

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