Our First Visit to Sabino Canyon

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Sabino Canyon is located in southeastern Arizona and is part of the Coronado National Forest. We braved the soaring temps here in Tucson and visited Sabino Canyon a couple weekends ago, for the first time. We only stayed for a few hours, because the heat was exhausting! But that was enough time to give us a feel for this recreation area.

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We took the Sabino Canyon trail shuttle tour, which was a ride on a tram with nine stops altogether and┬ánarration on the way up (and the driver just chatting away on the way back). I wish I had thought to take outside pictures of the shuttle, but the above pic shows the back of the tram (the uncovered part- poor riders!) and a bridge we’d just gone over.

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We┬árode all the way to stop 9, got out and did a little hiking on a nearby trail. Each stop offers different trails to hike, and one or two stops offer some natural pools for wading and swimming (we didn’t try those out, but there were plenty of families enjoying the water). Some, but not all stops offer restroom facilities and water fountains.

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We ended up walking down the paved main road to stop 8 to check out the pools. Then we climbed back on the tram and rode it back to the visitor center and parking lot.

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So that was our first visit to Sabino Canyon. Just a taste really, but we plan to visit again at the end of summer when it’s not so hot (and we’re back from Utah). Thanks for reading!

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