Sabino Canyon is a surprisingly green desert.

Family Vacations in Arizona: Sabino Canyon

The hiking trail leading up Sabino Canyon on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona, is among the most beautiful in the United States. The steep red walls, dotted with saguaro, mesquite, and ocotillo, plummet to the canyon floor, where a paved trail beckons hikers and bikers. There is also a tram to deliver passengers to the top without breaking a sweat.

Due to rainy seasons in summer and winter, Sabino Canyon is surprisingly green for a desert, providing habitat for roadrunners, deer, rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and the collared peccaries known as javelinas. Seasonal storms replenish Sabino Creek, which runs down the canyon, and a number of pools that lie along the creek bed.

Beyond the paved trail taken by the tram, a more primitive trail leads to the spectacular terminus of Bear Canyon and the cold splash of water known as Seven Falls cutting through the untouched desert.

Sabino Canyon Information

Address: Sabino Canyon Tour Information

5900 N. Sabino Canyon Rd., Tucson, AZ

Telephone: 520/749-2861

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