Sabino Canyon is just 30 minutes from the center of Tucson and is one of the most unique southwestern desert canyons. It is home to a variety of wildlife including deer, tortoises, rattlesnakes and mountain lions. Closed to private vehicles since 1978 visitors can take a Shuttle bus up the canyon and back crossing bridges over waterfalls. The all round trip takes 45 minutes, but you can get out at any one of the 9 stops to walk and look around. The driver gives a great commentary along the way so you can get a good feel for the area and its natural history. For the more energetic the canyon is popular for walking, jogging, hking, and cycling.
In 2006 much of the picnic ares, hiking trails and shuttle road were washed away in devastating summer storms, but the canyon is now fully open again.
Take some time in Sabino Canyon and you will be sure to come across plenty of wildlife from squirrels to birds, and of course, lots of different types of lizards.
Beware of the warnings of mountain lions and be sure to report any sightings.
One great way of seeing the foothills beneath the canyon is by horseback - especially at sunset. Animal spotting is great on horseback, and you may be lucky to see deer, desert tortoises or rattlesnakes. Take water and a camera!
However you travel in, around or to Sabino Canyon you will be sure to see outstanding scenery and the unique desert vegetation. This is a special place to visit!
Some of the birds are very tame
Horse riding in Sabino Canyon
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