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Sabino Canyon Visitor Center

A beautiful canyon in the desert southwest

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area is nestled in the rugged front range of the Santa Catalina Mountains outside of Tucson, AZ. Mountains, water, and valley meet at Sabino Canyon to form a desert oasis. The heart of Sabino Canyon is Sabino Creek, a gurgling brook that originates on Mount Lemmon at 9,196 feet.

The lush vegetation along the creek stands in sharp contrast to the dry, saguaro-studded slopes above the canyon and offers rich diversity of plant species and wildlife for visitors to enjoy.

Improving the visitor experience

Hundreds of thousands of people visit Sabino Canyon each year. The recreation area offers opportunities for jogging, hiking, swimming, and wildlife viewing.

Since 1982, our staff have partnered with the Forest Service at Sabino Canyon to educate visitors and answer their recreation questions.

At our bookstore, we offer publications and products for puchase that help people gain a deeper connection to the canyon and help keep them safe from extreme desert temperatures.

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Your purchase helps support Sabino Canyon

In June 2020, the Bighorn Fire burned more than 119,000 acres of the Santa Catalina Mountains. By shopping our Sabino Canyon Visitor Center and Palisades Visitor Center online stores, you help support the long-term sustainability of this place.

A portion of the proceeds from sales will directly fund restoration projects in the Santa Catalina Mountains
Select a category below, or scroll to shop our virtual bookstore!





Sabino Canyon Gifts


  • Tote Bag: Sonoran Desert
    Tote Bag: Sonoran Desert
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  • Magnet: Blackett's Ridge
    Magnet: Blackett's Ridge
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  • Magnet: 3D Sabino Canyon
    Magnet: 3D Sabino Canyon
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  • Cookie Cutter: Javelina
    Cookie Cutter: Javelina
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  • Cookie Cutter: Prickly Pear Cactus
    Cookie Cutter: Prickly Pear Cactus
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  • Cookie Cutter: Saguaro Cactus
    Cookie Cutter: Saguaro Cactus
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  • Postcards: Sabino Canyon
    Postcards: Sabino Canyon
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  • Poster: Sabino Canyon by Virginia Moyer
    Poster: Sabino Canyon by Virginia Moyer
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  • Postcard: Sabino Canyon Seven Falls
    Postcard: Sabino Canyon Seven Falls
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  • Magnet: Advice From a Saguaro
    Magnet: Advice From a Saguaro
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  • Sticker: Sabino Canyon
    Sticker: Sabino Canyon
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  • Sticker: Advice from a Saguaro (Wood)
    Sticker: Advice from a Saguaro (Wood)
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  • Magnet: Lizard (Sabino Canyon)
    Magnet: Lizard (Sabino Canyon)
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  • Magnet: Saguaro Cactus (Sabino Canyon)
    Magnet: Saguaro Cactus (Sabino Canyon)
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  • Magnet: Barrel Cactus (Sabino Canyon)
    Magnet: Barrel Cactus (Sabino Canyon)
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  • Magnet: Advice From Sabino Canyon
    Magnet: Advice From Sabino Canyon
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  • Magnet: Hummingbird (Sabino Canyon)
    Magnet: Hummingbird (Sabino Canyon)
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  • Magnet: Saguaro Cactus (Sabino Canyon)
    Magnet: Saguaro Cactus (Sabino Canyon)
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  • Magnet: Roadrunner (Sabino Canyon)
    Magnet: Roadrunner (Sabino Canyon)
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  • Magnet: Quail (Sabino Canyon)
    Magnet: Quail (Sabino Canyon)
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  • Magnet: Javelina (Sabino Canyon)
    Magnet: Javelina (Sabino Canyon)
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  • Coaster: Prickly Pear Cactus (Sabino Canyon)
    Coaster: Prickly Pear Cactus (Sabino Canyon)
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  • Coaster: Saguaro Cactus (Sabino Canyon)
    Coaster: Saguaro Cactus (Sabino Canyon)
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  • Coaster: Roadrunner (Sabino Canyon)
    Coaster: Roadrunner (Sabino Canyon)
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  • Coaster: Hummingbird (Sabino Canyon)
    Coaster: Hummingbird (Sabino Canyon)
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  • Token: Sabino Canyon
    Token: Sabino Canyon
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  • Ornament: Sabino Canyon
    Ornament: Sabino Canyon
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  • Playing Cards: Sonoran Desert
    Playing Cards: Sonoran Desert
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  • Keychain: Sonoran Desert Charms
    Keychain: Sonoran Desert Charms
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  • Keychain: Seven Falls
    Keychain: Seven Falls
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  • Coin: Sabino Canyon
    Coin: Sabino Canyon
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  • Bookmark: Advice From Sabino Canyon
    Bookmark: Advice From Sabino Canyon
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  • Pin: Sabino Canyon (square)
    Pin: Sabino Canyon (square)
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  • Pin: Sabino Canyon
    Pin: Sabino Canyon
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  • Patch: Sabino Canyon
    Patch: Sabino Canyon
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Sabino Canyon Books


  • Guide to the Geology of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona: The Geology and Life zones of a Madrean Sky Island
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  • A Naturalist's Guide to Sabino Canyon
    A Naturalist's Guide to Sabino Canyon
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  • Field Guide to Sabino Canyon
    Field Guide to Sabino Canyon
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  • Natural History of the Santa Catalina Mountains AZ
    Natural History of the Santa Catalina Mountains AZ
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  • Sabino Canyon Life of a Southwestern Oasis
    Sabino Canyon Life of a Southwestern Oasis
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  • Look to the Mountains
    Look to the Mountains
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  • Road to Mount Lemmon
    Road to Mount Lemmon
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  • Catalina Mountains: A Guide Book with Original Paintings
    Catalina Mountains: A Guide Book with Original Paintings
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  • Don't Call Me Pig
    Don't Call Me Pig
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Sabino Canyon Apparel


  • Bandana: Sabino Canyon
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  • T-shirt: Sabino Hawk Sky Blue
    T-shirt: Sabino Hawk Sky Blue
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  • Cap: Sabino Canyon
    Cap: Sabino Canyon
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  • T-shirt: Sabino Canyon Purple V-Neck
    T-shirt: Sabino Canyon Purple V-Neck
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  • Visor: Sabino Canyon
    Visor: Sabino Canyon
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  • T-shirt: Sabino Canyon Saguaro
    T-shirt: Sabino Canyon Saguaro
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  • T-shirt: Advice from a Saguaro
    T-shirt: Advice from a Saguaro
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  • T-shirt: May the Forest Be With You
    T-shirt: May the Forest Be With You
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Sabino Canyon Plush and Puppets


  • Plush: Javelina 16"
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  • Finger Puppet: Mini Hummingbird
    Finger Puppet: Mini Hummingbird
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  • Plush: Mountain Lion 8"
    Plush: Mountain Lion 8
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  • Finger Puppet: Mini Bobcat
    Finger Puppet: Mini Bobcat
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  • Finger Puppet: Mini Monarch Butterfly
    Finger Puppet: Mini Monarch Butterfly
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  • Plush: Black Bear 15"
    Plush: Black Bear 15
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  • Plush: Black Bear 10"
    Plush: Black Bear 10
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  • Plush: Hummingbird 8"
    Plush: Hummingbird 8
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The power of partnership

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area is supported by many, dedicated nonprofit and volunteer-based organizations who partner with the Forest Service. As a community, we work together to proetect and enhance Sabino Canyon.

Visit these partner websites to further support their work as well.