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Visiting Sabino Canyon Tucson

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Sabino Canyon is a desert oasis on a tiny hill of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson. The picturesque canyon is a popular area for recreation activities like walking, hiking, or riding, etc. amongst the locals as well as the tourists. The collection of funds and development of the Canyon is managed by a non-profit organisation which goes by the name of 'Friends of Sabino Canyon.' The history of the canyon is as exciting as its scenic beauty. The formation of the canyon began twelve million years ago, and the first plant which appeared on the canyon dates back to six thousand and eight thousand years ago. The Hohokam community was the first inhabitant of the canyon. The place is full of liveliness despite its harsh landscape and will fill you with a feeling of satisfaction and compassion.

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A Day Trip to Sabino Canyon

A Day Trip to Sabino Canyon

The Sabino Canyon Trails

The Sabino Canyon Trails

The Sabino Canyon Tours facilitates its visitors with a forty-five minutes long educational tour of the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. You can explore the area from the trams which are easily accessible for the travellers. These trams have nine stops in the entire journey along with recreational facilities like restrooms and picnic grounds which find a place near the Sabino Creek. You can easily get down from the tram to explore any place of your choice and can later board it according to your convenience. There is a tram that starts every thirty minutes on an average. You can witness a variety of hiking trails that range from easy to adventurous. The Blackett's Ridge Trail has several steep curves and cuts and allows the hikers to experience breathtaking views from the top. The Hutch's Pools is a popular trail amongst the experienced hikers.

The Sabino Dam Hike

The Sabino Dam Hike

The Sabino Dam East Trail is a favourite trail for beginners and kids. The trail is easy as compared to other complex trails in the Sabino Canyon. Though it's an easy hiking trail, it is full of fun and enjoyment all through its way. You won't get disappointed or bored as the trail keeps you engaged in several activities which it offers. The trail is partially paved and does not require climbing or complicated footwork owing to its design for learners. After passing the bridges and sandy creek, you will arrive at the dam. The small trail allows the visitors to enjoy simple hiking, to walk and to run, to take photographs, to watch beautiful birds, to sketch the alluring wildflowers, and also allows them to picnic in the beautiful surroundings. It is a full-family entertainment activity which will help you to spend some quality time with your loved ones. You can also enjoy water splashing and swimming occasionally. The trail is open throughout the year except on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

The Flora and Fauna

The Flora and Fauna

The Sabino Canyon is rich in its flora and fauna heritage irrespective of the fact that it is a desert canyon. Some of the prominent animals which you will find in the area include deer, bobcats, raccoons, opossums, etc. A variety of birds can also be seen inhabiting the place. These include birds like curve-billed thrasher, black-throated sparrow, ruby-crowned kinglet, etc. As it is a desert landscape, cactus is a common native of the canyon. The place is full of cactus plants all around. You can witness tall saguaro cactus which has three branches and is very tall. Other plants which are visible include stool, opuntia, and red-flowered ocotillo, etc.

Sabino Canyon Tucson Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

You can book the tickets through this website.

How To Get Around?

Use the tram tours to explore the place. If you want to enjoy hiking, then you will have to travel on foot.

What Should I Wear?

You can wear a short dress or romper. You can also opt for shorts and a crop top. Boys can wear shorts with a cool t-shirt. Special attention should be given to footwear as during some part of the year the water level goes up while during some months it remains low. If you are traveling in April, there is a shallow water level so you can easily wear sneakers and gladiators but if you are traveling during December, then you should go for waterproof boots. Wear sunglasses and use sunscreen.

Sabino Canyon Tucson Facts

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the Sabino Canyon is between October through May. The weather conditions are favourable for hiking during these months which are characterised by warm days and cool nights.


The currency is U.S Dollars.

Will I Need a Guide?

No, you don't need a guide as this website provides you with all the necessary facts about the attraction.

How To Get There?

You can reach Sabino Canyon via Sabino canyon Shuttle or direct flights from the Tucson International Airport.

Additional Info

Carrying a water bottle is a must. You can also carry medicines along with you. Carry hydration solutions to keep you hydrated.

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