Madera Nature Trail Horseback Riding

The 20th most popular equestrian trail in Arizona.

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South of Tucson and east of Amado, the Madera Nature Trail is a scenic 6.5 mile ride. This canyon was named Madera (which means lumber or wood in Spanish) because it served as a major source of timber for the city of Tucson over a century ago. It was not long before this accessible haven was better known for the diverse wildlife it sheltered and the cool relief it offered from the desert heat. Today, Madera Canyon continues to be a popular destination for wildlife watchers and nature lovers who come to see the more than 240 species of birds (including more than a dozen species of hummingbirds) that live in its nurturing environment. April and May are the best months for most species; June and September are best for hummingbirds. Birdwatching is at its best up-canyon.

To reach the horseback riding trailhead, exit Interstate 19 at the Continental Road Exit 63.

Turn east under the highway, and follow the signs to Madera Canyon (11 miles).

Overall, Madera Nature Trail is the 20th most popular horse trail of all 49 horseback rides in Arizona. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Madera Nature Trail including Agua Caliente / Vault Mine Trail, Old Baldy Trail and Quantrell Mine Trail.

Madera Nature Trail Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  CNF (521) 281-2296; Arizona Tourism (866) 275-5816; Arizona Horsemens Assoc. (602) 390-6806.

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  NFS Bog Springs CG; Elephant Head B&B, Amado (520) 398-2206

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  31.7267, -110.8801

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  8/8/2016

ID:  13968

Madera Nature Trail Horseback Riding Map


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