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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, wildlife viewing, and swimming.

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 purchase 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 online store, you help support the long-term sustainability of this unique place.

A portion of the proceeds from sales will directly fund restoration projects in the Santa Catalina Mountains.
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Sabino Canyon Gifts


  • Water Bottle: Sabino Canyon
  • Puzzle: Sabino Canyon 500 pieces
  • Magnet: Advice From a Saguaro
  • Token: Sabino Canyon
  • Bookmark: Advice From Sabino Canyon
  • Playing Cards: Southwest Cactus
  • Cookie Cutter: Prickly Pear Cactus
  • Sticker: Advice from a Saguaro (Wood)
  • Ornament: Sabino Canyon
  • Keychain: Sonoran Desert Charms
  • Tote Bag: Sonoran Desert
  • Playing Cards: Sonoran Desert
  • Keychain: Seven Falls
  • Patch: Sabino Canyon

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
  • Sabino Canyon Life of a Southwestern Oasis
  • Road to Mount Lemmon
  • Catalina Mountains: A Guide Book with Original Paintings
  • The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit
  • Wildflowers of Arizona Field Guide
  • Let's Explore the Desert
  • Flipbook: Bald Eagle
  • Field Guide to Sabino Canyon
  • Pocket Guide: Trees & Shrubs of the U.S. Desert Southwest
  • Flipbook: Wolf
  • Flipbook: Owls
  • Flipbook: Mountain Lion
  • Audubon Field Guide to Southwest States
  • Cactus of Arizona Field Guide
  • Birds of Arizona Field Guide

Sabino Canyon Apparel


  • Bandana: Sabino Canyon
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  • T-shirt: Advice from a Saguaro
  • T-Shirt: Sabino Kids
  • Hat: Collared Lizard
  • Hat: Collared Lizard
  • Hat: Rufous Hummingbird
  • Hat: Scorpion
  • Hat: Roadrunner
  • Hat: Prickly Pear Cactus
  • Hat: Gila Monster
  • Hat: Gambel's Quail
  • Hat: Dragonfly
  • Hat: Javelina
  • Hat: Bald Eagle
  • Hat: Collared Lizard

Sabino Canyon Plush and Puppets


  • Plush: Black Bear 10"
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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 protect and enhance Sabino Canyon.

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