Sabino Canyon, Sonoran waterscape

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Sabino Canyon, Sonoran waterscape

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Located in Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, the stairstep Seven Falls of Bear Canyon are charged with runoff. Hikers enjoy a picnic beside the roiling pool.
The grand prize in the plant community at Sabino belongs to an elaborate crested saguaro with multiple arms growing from the rare anomaly. It is located on the Bajada Nature Trail.
Sabino Canyon Road is popular with locals. Walk up the road or ride an interpretive tram to the wilderness frontier.
The Blacketts Ridge descent affords a step-by-step shifting vantage point of urban Tucson and sky islands punctuating the never-ending southern horizon. Chili-red ocotillo torches brighten the path.
Five hikes are described beginning with the easiest: Bajada Nature Trail, green-line; Sabino Canyon Tram to Shuttle Stop 9 with an option to walk down Sabino Canyon Road, black-line; Phoneline Trail to or from Stop 9, purple-line; Bear Canyon Trail to Seven Falls, blue-line; and Blacketts Ridge, red-line. Elevation at the visitor center is 2,725 feet.

Sabino Canyon, Sonoran waterscape

Located in Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, the stairstep Seven Falls of Bear Canyon are charged with runoff. Hikers enjoy a picnic beside the roiling pool.
The grand prize in the plant community at Sabino belongs to an elaborate crested saguaro with multiple arms growing from the rare anomaly. It is located on the Bajada Nature Trail.
Sabino Canyon Road is popular with locals. Walk up the road or ride an interpretive tram to the wilderness frontier.
The Blacketts Ridge descent affords a step-by-step shifting vantage point of urban Tucson and sky islands punctuating the never-ending southern horizon. Chili-red ocotillo torches brighten the path.
Five hikes are described beginning with the easiest: Bajada Nature Trail, green-line; Sabino Canyon Tram to Shuttle Stop 9 with an option to walk down Sabino Canyon Road, black-line; Phoneline Trail to or from Stop 9, purple-line; Bear Canyon Trail to Seven Falls, blue-line; and Blacketts Ridge, red-line. Elevation at the visitor center is 2,725 feet.
Travel Basics

Travel: Sabino Canyon Recreation Area is located at the northeast corner of Sunrise Drive and Sabino Canyon Road in Tucson. The sizable paved lot fills on weekends, so arrive by 9 a.m. Overflow parking is half a mile north of the main entrance.
Fees: Coronado Recreation Pass, National Parks Pass, or $5 for the day.
Sabino Canyon Visitor Center: Water, bathrooms and an informative park brochure are available at the visitor center gift shop and museum where you will find a large and helpful staff.
Map: Sabino Canyon, AZ 7.5 USGS Quad
Time: 4 hours to all day
Difficulty: Trail; navigation easy; no exposure

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