Madera Canyon Travel Guide

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Madera Canyon Things to Do

  • Short Trail From Proctor Parking Area

    There is a short handicapped accessible trail starting at the Proctor Parking Area. It has a few interpretive signs and has nice views of the surrounding area (to include Elephant Head Mountain), the creek, and some wildlife. It also leads to the White House Ruins.

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  • Ridgline

    Also from the Nature Trail you can see the ridgline that is the route for the Mount Wrightson Trail, the most challenging hike in the Madera Canyon.

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  • Nature Trail

    The nature trail starts at either the Nature Trail and Ampitheater Parking Area or the Mt Wrightson Picnic Area. I suggest starting at the Nature Trail and Ampitheater Trailhead. The total length of the trail is 2.7 miles. The trail is moderate in difficulty, mostly due to altitude changes. There are many beautiful views along the trail.

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  • Resurrection Plant

    Along the nature trail which starts at the Nature Trail and Ampitheater Parking Area or the Mt Wrightson Picnic Area (and is 2.7 miles long) there are several interpretive signs telling you about key sites along the way. One of them refers to the Resurrection Plant. This plant is so named because it spends much of its life brown and dead looking...

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  • Quartzite Outcropping

    Along the nature trail which starts at the Nature Trail and Ampitheater Parking Area or the Mt Wrightson Picnic Area (and is 2.7 miles long) there are several interpretive signs telling you about key sites along the way. One of them refers to the white outcropping of rock you can see across the canyon in this photograph. This is an outcropping of...

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  • Madera Canyon Creek

    Madera Canyon Creek flows through the valley and crosses several of the trails. At some points they have benches so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. Sediment brought down from the mountains by the creek spreads out at the mouth of the canyon and creates a fertile zone called the alluvial fan.

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  • White House Ruins

    The White House has stood at the entrance to Madera Canyon since the 1880s. It was built by the Theodore Wellish family who also owned the White House Mercantile Store in nearby Tucson. It was painted a bright white and was very useful as a landmark to anyone traveling in the area and was used as a reference point on numerous mining claims. These...

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  • Bat Houses

    You can see up to 28 species of bats living in Madera Canyon. Because of the dwindling natural habitat, bat houses like these are becoming more and more important to perpetuating the species.

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  • See the Plantlife in Madera Canyon

    There is a variety of plantlife living in the Madera Canyon. Shown here is a nice example of a barrell cactus.

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Madera Canyon Transportation

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    by Basaic Updated Feb 20, 2008

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    There are two main ways to get to Madera Canyon. You can take the exit for Continental off of Interstate 19 or you can take the Greaterville exit from Arizona Highway 83 which turns into a windy dirt road. The windy dirt road is much more interesting and has great scenery.

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