Arizona Camping - Tucson
(Bog Springs Campground, Madera Canyon)

Arizona Camping - Madera Canyon Near Tucson

ADDRESS / TEL / GPS coordinates:

E Bog Springs Road

Madera Canyon

Coronado National Forest



N31.72653° W110.87553°

Elevation: 1528m

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Tucson Camping - Madera Canyon

Camping in beautiful wilderness only 40 miles south of Tucson.

Madera Canyon, on the northwest face of the Santa Rita Mountains, is a very special place - here you can watch magical hummingbirds the size of your thumb, hovering like iridescent green fairies. A wonderful spectacle.

Santa Rita Lodge (just after the turning for the campground, on the right hand side) have hummingbird feeders out the front and even if you are not staying there, you can stand and watch them. These hummingbirds are very used to people and so you can get very close to them - sometimes you will be completely surrounded.

The campground itself has nice sized campsites in amongst the trees. So many birds here...and they all come to check out what you are doing. But it’s not just birds in Madera Canyon...the people camping in the campsite next to us had been awoken at 2am to find a baby black bear on their picnic table...momma bear was nowhere to be seen!

Arizona Camping - Madera Canyon, Coronado National Forest

Because of the elevation, Madera Canyon is a great place to come to escape the summer heat.

If you are visiting in the Spring, get here early, as it can get quite busy, due to it being a top bird spotting site

Make sure you do some of the hiking trails. We really enjoyed the loop from the campground that takes you past Bog Spring, Kent Spring and Sylvester Spring. The Nature Trial is also a really nice short hike.


$10 (2 vehicles and 10 people) (if you park somewhere else other than your campsite, e.g to go for a hike, you will have to pay a $5 day parking fee)


13 campsites


All year


First come first served


14 nights

Camping Arizona


  • Tarmac floor campsites/pitches
  • Area for pitching tent
  • Vault/long-drop/compost toilets
  • Drinking water
  • Fire pits
  • BBQ/grill plate
  • Picnic tables/benches
  • Bear lockers


Yes, but on a leash



Road Surface In Campground:



  • Hiking (dogs must be leashed) (there are some lovely hikes that start right from the campground
  • Mountain biking
  • Bird watching (a major resting place for migrating birds - over 250 species, inc. many hummingbirds) and other wildlife viewing

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