Hiking & Picnicking
Madera Canyon is known for its exceptional and varied hiking trails. Close to 100 miles of hiking can be enjoyed virtually year-round. Madera's hiking trails vary from paved, handicap-accessible trails and gentle walking paths in the lower canyon, to steep, expert trails leading to the top of 9,453 Mt. Wrightson.
Friends of Madera Canyon publishes a comprehensive "Hiking in Madera Canyon" that is available at the Visitor Information Station and at trailheads. The guide includes general hiking rules, as well as a description of over 12 hikes. Each hike includes a brief description, a "grade" relative to difficulty, round-trip length, and cumulative elevation gain.
Accessible Trails: two paved loops are available for wheelchairs -- one from the Whitehouse picnic area and one from the Proctor Parking area.
Remember – bring two quarts of water or more on long day hikes!
Madera Canyon is a lovely location for a picnic, especially when escaping the summer heat of southern Arizona. Picnic tables and grills are located near parking areas throughout the canyon. Advanced reservations are not available. The Whitehouse Picnic Area provides for larger groups of 40 or more. The Mt. Wrightson Picnic Area has many sites, some with beautiful vistas. All picnic areas have nearby bear-proof trash receptacles and accessible toilets. You must bring your own charcoal, as there is no firewood available in the Canyon. Fires may be built only in the grills and must be fully extinguished before you leave. There are no restaurants in the Canyon.