Best Recreation Area in Southern Arizona

Sabino Canyon

Staff Pick

A perennial winner in this category, Sabino Canyon offers a taste of what our local ecosystem is all about. Tall trees, desert brush, a whole slew of birds, and varied animals can be found here. Palo verde trees, prickly pear, saguaros, cholla, hawks, road runners, spiders, snakes and maybe even a family of javelina can be seen. Hikers love Sabino, but the trolley remains a popular way to enjoy all of the beauty that the canyon has to offer. During certain months of the year, evening trolley rides are offered. If you're lucky, there will be water in the canyon—a most-beautiful sight. Come to think of it, Sabino Canyon would be a great place to hang out during the apocalypse.

Runners up:

2. Mount Lemmon

3. Madera Canyon

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