Fees, Passes & Parking
The U.S.Forest Service charges a daily fee for use of any facilities in the canyon. Every parking area has a fee station where you can pay by correct cash or check (there is no way to receive change). Parking areas are located throughout the canyon. You must park in a designated area or you will be ticketed, and perhaps towed.
Annual passes may be purchased from this website or from the Santa Rita Lodge. National passes accepted include the Golden Age Passport, Golden Access Passport, Golden Eagle Passport, and the National Parks Pass with a Golden Eagle sticker affixed. The nearest location to purchase a National Pass is at Tumacacori National Historic Park south of Tubac. All pay receipts or passes must be clearly displayed on the inside of your windshield or dashboard while parked. If you have a National Pass, you do NOT need to purchase any other pass to park in Madera Canyon. Your Annual pass, National pass, OR purchased Daily pass is all you need to park and visit any location within the Madera Canyon Recreation Area.
To Purchase A US Forest Service Pass to Madera Canyon
Most National Forest system lands are open, free of charge for your use and enjoyment. However, Madera Canyon is in a National Forest Recreation Area where there are more facilities provided by the Forest Service. Therefore, a local Forest pass, or accepted interagency pass (see below) is required.
Any of the three national passes below are accepted at all Coronado National Forest areas, e.g. Madera Canyon, Mt. Lemmon, Sabino Canyon, and at South Fork Cave Creek.
Coronado Recreation Fee program passes purchased at one fee area are good at all fee areas. For example, a day pass purchased at Madera Canyon will be accepted on the same day at Sabino Canyon or Mt. Lemmon. You can also purchase passes at the Santa Rita Lodge and Madera Kubo Gift stores.
Every parking area has a fee station kiosk where you can pay by correct cash or check. (No cash change can be made) Parking areas are located throughout the Canyon. You must park in a designated area or you will be ticketed, and perhaps, towed.
Passes are subject to the following:
- All sales are final. Sorry, we cannot provide refunds for lost or stolen passes
- Day passes expire at midnight on the day purchased.
- Week passes expire at midnight on the seventh day.
- Annual passes expire at midnight one year from date of purchase.
- Purchase of multiple passes is allowed.
- Annual passes make great gifts. Buy as many as you like.
A pass is required to park at a trailhead or use the restroom facilities.
Please allow 5 business days to receive your annual pass in the mail.
NOTE: Failure to purchase or properly display a pass may result in a citation. If you use a windshield shade, make sure the pass is displayed between the windshield and the shade so it can be read from the exterior of the vehicle. Fee areas are routinely patrolled by compliance officers.