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Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Overview:
Situated on Tucson’s northeast side of town, Sabino Canyon is a popular recreation site for residents and visitors alike. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to own a home near Sabino Canyon? This outdoor oasis could be an extension of your front yard. Walking, jogging, hiking, biking, and picnicking opportunities would be so convenient.
Sabino Canyon is located near Sabino Canyon Road and Sunrise Boulevard, in the Coronado Forest. The recreation area encompasses close to 3,000 acres. Water in Sabino Creek flows much of the year, originating near Mt. Lemmon in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson.
Sabino Canyon Sights
Sabino Canyon tends to be the first place locals take their out of town guests to experience all the natural beauty Tucson has to offer. People of all ages enjoy visiting this unique riparian area that is combined with dramatic geology. The plant life is stunning too, towering saguaro cacti can be found near cottonwood, sycamore, and ash trees. Wildlife abounds in the area, including Gambel’s quail, Roadrunner, cactus wren, bobcat, coyote, mountain lion, snake, toad, javalina, skunk, tortoise, and coatimundi.
Both Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon offer miles of hiking opportunities. Seven Falls is a popular destination, as are Blackett’s Ridge, and the Sabino Dam. Picnicking and swimming are popular activities for families visiting the area.
The visitors center is open 7 days a week with exhibits, activities, and a bookstore.
The paved roads within the park were built during the Great Depression by the WPA (Works Progress Administration). The roads are now closed to private vehicles but they are busy with walkers and tram shuttles each day. Bicycle usage is limited to specific days and hours.
Tram shuttles operate every day with 2 options: Sabino Canyon or Bear Canyon shuttles. The shuttles in Sabino Canyon are narrated and have 9 stops along a 3.7 mile road. The Bear Canyon shuttles are not narrated and has 3 stops along a 1.9 mile road.