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Sabino Canyon

Experience the natural beauty and wildlife of a large desert canyon on foot, by car or on a narrated tram tour.

Sabino Canyon is a desert oasis in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains northeast of Tucson. This rugged wilderness is a popular destination for its canyon views, self-guided nature trails, wildlife and scenic picnic spots.

Miles of paved roads and dirt trails of varying difficulty wind their way through the canyon. Pick up maps and guides from the visitor center near the main parking lot before you begin your trek.

Start your canyon exploration on the 0.3-mile (0.5-kilometer) nature trail loop that begins near the visitor center. This trail, with information panels about native plants and animals, is a good introduction to Sabino’s ecosystem.

Venture deeper into the desert by walking along the main road leading to a variety of trails. Alternatively, climb aboard the tram for a narrated tour of the lower canyon. These 45-minute rides ferry visitors along a 3.8-mile (6-kilometer) loop throughout the day. Nine stops en route connect to hiking trails.

For some of the best views into the canyon take the Telephone Line Trail that travels several hundred feet up into the mountains. One of the most strenuous hikes is Hutch’s Pools, which takes six to eight hours to complete. The route is long with terrain that is difficult in places, but the reward is reaching natural pools deep enough for swimming.

Most of the year a stream runs through the canyon providing a habitat friendly to birds and wildlife. Among the birds you may see are the curve-billed thrasher, black-throated sparrow and ruby-crowned kinglet. Animals living in this creek floodplain include deer, bobcats, opossums and raccoons.

Experience the canyon at night with a moonlight tram ride offered several times a month when there is a full moon. Visit the canyon’s website for information about ticket prices.

Sabino Canyon’s mountains, creek and trails can be enjoyed year-round and are located 12 miles (19 kilometers) from Tucson. Getting there is easy along roads that lead from the north and center of the city. There is a fee to park in the large on-site lot. Private vehicles aren’t allowed into the canyon and there is no public transportation access.


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Loews Ventana Canyon Resort CA $197
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

7000 N Resort Dr, Tucson, AZ
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Tucson hotel is located in the mountains, 0.6 mi (1 km) from Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Park Place Mall and Sabino Canyon. Tucson Botanical Gardens and Trail Dust Town are also within 9 miles (15 km).

    Sabino Canyon Luxe Condo at Ventana Vista, 1 bd 1 ba
    Sabino Canyon Luxe Condo at Ventana Vista, 1 bd 1 ba

    Sabino Canyon Luxe Condo at Ventana Vista, 1 bd 1 ba

    5051 N Sabino Canyon Rd, #2252, Tucson, AZ
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Tucson, this condo is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Sabino Canyon and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club. Park Place Mall and Trail Dust Town are also within 9 miles (15 km).

      Casitas at Sabino Springs CA $223
      Casitas at Sabino Springs

      Casitas at Sabino Springs

      9690 Sabino Greens Dr, Tucson, AZ
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Sabino Hills, this golf hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Arizona National Golf Club and within 6 miles (10 km) of Sabino Canyon and Agua Caliente Park. 49er Country Club and Forty Niner Country Club are also within 9 miles (15 km).

        Magical, Private, High-end, Mountain-top Estate
        Magical, Private, High-end, Mountain-top Estate

        Magical, Private, High-end, Mountain-top Estate

        6365 N Sabino Shadow Ln, Tucson, AZ
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Tucson, this romantic resort is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Sabino Canyon and within 9 miles (15 km) of Park Place Mall and Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club. Trail Dust Town and San Pedro Chapel are also within 9 miles (15 km).

          Desert Paradise With Hot Tub ~12 Mi to Ntl Parks!
          Desert Paradise With Hot Tub ~12 Mi to Ntl Parks!

          Desert Paradise With Hot Tub ~12 Mi to Ntl Parks!

          9290 East Ocotillo Drive, Tucson, AZ
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Tucson, this holiday home is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Arizona National Golf Club and within 6 miles (10 km) of Sabino Canyon and Agua Caliente Park. Park Place Mall and Trail Dust Town are also within 9 miles (15 km).

            Placita Del Pajaro - Gated Southwest Property Next to Sabino Canyon State Park and Catalina Mountain
            Placita Del Pajaro - Gated Southwest Property Next to Sabino Canyon State Park and Catalina Mountain

            Placita Del Pajaro - Gated Southwest Property Next to Sabino Canyon State Park and Catalina Mountain

            7621 E Placita Del Pajaro, Tucson, AZ
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Tucson, this holiday home is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Sabino Canyon and within 9 miles (15 km) of Park Place Mall and Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club. Trail Dust Town and Gaslight Theatre are also within 9 miles (15 km).

              Rare Find Located on Arizona National Golf Club's 11th Green
              Rare Find Located on Arizona National Golf Club's 11th Green

              Rare Find Located on Arizona National Golf Club's 11th Green

              5405 N Houghton Rd, Tucson, AZ
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Tucson, this romantic apartment building is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Arizona National Golf Club and within 9 miles (15 km) of Saguaro National Park and Agua Caliente Park. 49er Country Club and Forty Niner Country Club are also within 9 miles (15 km).

                Beautiful House Within Walking Distance to Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
                Beautiful House Within Walking Distance to Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

                Beautiful House Within Walking Distance to Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

                5633 Verde Mountain Dr, Tucson, AZ
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This holiday home is located in Tucson (Encanto Canyon), close to Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club, Sabino Canyon and Arizona National Golf Club. Area attractions also include Trail Dust Town and The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures.