Sabino Canyon is at 5900 N. Sabino Canyon Rd., 17 mi. e. via Tanque Verde and Sabino Canyon rds. Part of the Coronado National Forest, this desert oasis in the Santa Catalina Mountains offers spectacular panoramic views and a wide range of recreational activities. Visitors can hike along a network of trails; go horseback riding; take a dip in a swimming hole or waterfall; and observe javelinas, roadrunners, white-tailed deer, numerous birds and other native wildlife.
Sabino Canyon Tours offers narrated excursions into the canyon aboard shuttle buses. A shuttle also transports hikers to the Bear Canyon trailhead.
Note: Beware of mountain lions and rattlesnakes within the canyon. Pets are not permitted.
Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.
$5 (per private vehicle per day); $7 (per private vehicle per week); free (interagency pass holders and those arriving on foot or bicycle). Admission includes Sabino Canyon, Madera Canyon and Mount Lemmon picnic areas. Sabino Canyon tour $10; $5 (ages 3-12). Bear Canyon shuttle $4; $2 (ages 3-12). Cash only.
Hours: Visitor reception area daily 9-4:30, mid-Dec. through June 30; Mon.-Fri. 9-4, Sat.-Sun. and holidays 9-4:30, rest of year. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.