Sabino Canyon Visitor Center

Quick Facts

Sabino Canyon Visitor Center

Arizona

(520) 749-8700

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Things To Do

Overview

This extremely popular recreation area is located along Sabino Creek right at the edge of Tucson, Arizona. For many who come to visit the Southwest, this area provides their first close encounter with the Sonoran Desert and the fascinating variety of plants and animals that make it their home. The self-guided Desert Nature Trail at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center provides an excellent way to get to know the plants that have adapted to living in this demanding environment.

Open-air shuttle buses (operated by Sabino Canyon Tours) and a number of trails provide access to this land of desert oases and rugged mountains. The shuttle buses travel on the paved road along the floor of the canyon, crossing Sabino Creek on nine low-water rock bridges, while drivers tell about the area's rich history and ecology. A second shuttle provides similar access to Bear Canyon. These two routes pass 89 picnic sites which are scattered along the roadside and clustered at two large group picnic sites. You can get off the shuttle at any of the sites and re-board later.

You may choose to walk along these roads and hike the system of trails that leads deeper into the canyons and high country. Sabino Lake Trail #30 leads to a popular wetland birdwatching spot. Phone Line Trail on the slope south of Sabino Creek provides spectacular views of the canyon.

Map of Sabino Canyon Visitor Center

Latitude, Longitude: 32.309116, -110.824242

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Directions

Driving

The Sabino Canyon Visitor Center is located in northeast Tucson, just north of the intersection of Sunrise Drive and Sabino Canyon Road at 5700 N.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(520) 749-8700

Comments

The Bear Canyon 7 Falls hike is a great hike for cub scouts (ages 8 to 10). 20 minutes at an easy pace will bring you to the first of 7 creek crossings.  You'll complete the first 1-1/2 miles in an hour at an easy pace with 4 or 5 more crossings.  You'll know you're there by the large flat rock area to the right perfect for stopping for lunch.  Look for the big square block at the "entrance". This first 1-1/2 miles is semi walking/hiking that my grandson did when he was 4.  I won't take him passed that point until he turns 8.  From the flat rock area it's a mile to the falls.  This last mile is much more challenging. The trail narrows, starts to climb and is much more rocky, however, the boys liked the challenge and thought it was worth it to play in the pools at the falls.  The last 1/4 mile is narrow, but safe, and there is a short stretch of "mountain goat" trail getting down to the falls.  You can do this last mile in just over an hour at an easy pace.  I'm told the creek quits running by May and the falls about that same time, although there are several pools in the falls area that last a bit longer. The cubs took 64 oz of water each and drank it all.  The day was a bit warm at 83.  Use the restrooms at the Visitors Center and then use the restroom at the trailhead.  That's the last one you'll see until you come back out.  My cubs put this at the top of their "A" list for hikes.  Happy hiking!