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Located in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Sabino Canyon was formed over 12 million years ago. Eventually, modern plant life and humans came to occupy the area. The original residents here were the Hohokam Native Americans.
During the Great Depression, the WPA built a dam in the canyon as well as nine bridges that span Sabino Creek. They also planned to construct a road all the way to the top of Mount Lemmon, but the project was discontinued due to the steep incline.
Today, Sabino Canyon does not allow cars and it is accessible only by foot, bicycle, or tram. The tram route includes nine stops. You can get on and off to explore, or stay on for the entire 45-minute narrated ride.
Sabino Canyon is popular spot for hikers,. There is a 3.8 mile paved road leading into the canyon that eventually hits 3,300 feet. Many trails branch off from the main road; maps are available at the visitor center. The most popular spots to photograph here are the waterfalls, giant saguaro cacti, and wildlife found on the trail.
Cover photo credit: mdurson via Instagram.