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The Roads to Madera Canyon

There are two main ways to get to Madera Canyon. You can take the exit for Continental off of Interstate 19 or you can take the Greaterville exit from Arizona Highway 83 which turns into a windy dirt road. The windy dirt road is much more interesting and has great scenery.

Madera Canyon

The bedrock that forms Madera Canyon and the surrounding mountains was formed about 70 million years ago. However, Madera Canyon itself was only formed about 2.5 million years ago. There has been evidence found that prehistoric man occupied this area. Francisco Vasquez de Coronado came through here around 1540. This area, in addition to being beautiful, has seen a lot of the history of the area.

Santa Rita Lodge

There are some nice accomodations in Madera Canyon, like Santa Rita Lodge and a couple of Bed and Breakfast. The area is well known for birdwatching. The lodge also has a small gift shop for your souvenir needs. You can also buy water, sodas, and snacks here.

  • Last visit to Madera Canyon: Feb 2008
  • Intro Updated Dec 14, 2009
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  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Thia Canyon seems to be very interesting and attractive! Thank you Jim for sharing!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2009 at 5:42 AM

    Nature sure takes care of itself. Like the Resurrection Plant which plays an important role in halting erosion. Bats also play an important role, so it's good that bat houses are provided for them.

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2008 at 4:31 AM

    Excellent page on another fascinating place. And 28 species of bats? Wow!

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