Your Guide to Sabino Canyon
In a state where outdoor adventures are plentiful, it only makes sense that you would want to make the most of our pristine Arizona landscape. Sabino Canyon has become a favorite spot for outdoor enthusiasts and amateur adventurers alike.
If you’re considering trekking into this beloved canyon, here’s what you need to know.
Sabino Canyon is accessible by way of foot, bicycle, or tram. If you’re not into making the whole trip by foot, consider taking a tram to the top and hiking your way down the trails by foot. This will allow you to take in some of the most breathtaking scenery in Arizona.
There are plenty of trails within Sabino Canyon, each of which varies in difficulty. Before you begin your journey, stop into the visitor’s center to gather maps and get your bearings about you. There are many waterfalls and pools within this canyon. Plan to have a picnic by the cascades, and pack a swimsuit and towel so you can enjoy a relaxing day the way nature intended.
Entry into Sabino Canyon is $5.00 per day per vehicle. If you’re planning to take the tram, the cost is $10.00 per adult and $5.00 per child ages 3 to 12. The tram is cash-only, so you might want to stop by the ATM before you head to the park if you’re planning to take this mode of transportation. The tram fee is separate from the entrance fee to the park. Week and annual passes are also available if you’ll be visiting the canyon frequently (which you’ll likely do once you see this amazing place!)
Camping is available on a first come, first served basis. Each of the four campgrounds are available for $10.00 per night. Parking is free, but the lots can fill up fast.
Planning Your Adventure
Before you head out, remember to pack ample amounts of water. Even during the fall and winter season, Tucson’s sun can really heat up a hike, and you don’t want to find yourself dehydrated when you’re out on the trails. Pack more water than you think you’ll need because, chances are, you’ll wish you had even more when you make it to your destination.
Plan to start your day early. This will not only help you avoid the sun before it settles into the afternoon sky, but it’ll also help you grab a parking spot. This is a popular canyon, and the parking lot can fill up quickly. The earlier you get there, the more time you’ll have to enjoy your day without adding extra stressors.
The hike is 7.4 miles round trip. The tram has nine stops, and you can hop on and off at your leisure if you keep your ticket.
What to Do
There are plenty of options for every level of fitness and area of interest.
- Seven Falls – This is one of the area’s longer hikes, but it’s well worth the work you’ll put into getting to the top. Bring some hiking poles to help you get across the stream, which you’ll do several times. At the apex, you’ll be greeted by seven gorgeous waterfalls. Bear in mind, however, that you may find yourself facing dry creek beds if you come before monsoon season kicks in.
- Blacketts – This is a must-see trail that’s perfect if you have friends in town or just want to take yourself out for a beautiful view.
- Main Paved Roads – If you’re just looking for an easy hike, stick to the main roads. You won’t be disappointed!
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