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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 can be purchased from Forest Service offices 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.

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 is required.

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. They do not enjoy citing visitors but that is part of their job.