Madera Canyon Nature Trail

EASY 9 reviews

Madera Canyon Nature Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Madera Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.3 miles
882 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


4 months ago

nice walk, scenic, lots of shade.

5 months ago

Great hike and mostly cool and shaded. My dog loved all the stream access along the way! We took the road back so I could grab a snack at the Santa Rita lodge gift shop. Not too crowded on a Friday, will definitely put this on our repeat list!

8 months ago

Great hike....would do it again.... a beautiful place

Monday, July 03, 2017

Nice easy, very enjoyable hike that my dog and I enjoyed. Saw wild turkey and mule deer along the trail - and only one other person! You can hike it in the summer, as long as you go near sundown after the sun has started to dip below the mountain.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

I did this hike today and can't believe I haven't done it before. Really nice trail that has many places one could start and stop. We chose the Whitehouse picnic area to start and return to. You could start as low as Proctor road and that would add a few more miles. The trail follows the creek at first and then at the Amphitheater area, it starts a short climb up the west side of the canyon and then it's a very nice level walk almost all the way to the upper parking lots. Good views of Mt. Wrightson and the ridge north of it from this trail. This is an easy trail with only one spot that has you climbing a few switchbacks.

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