Sabino Canyon on the Coronado National Forest
The soaring mountains, deep canyons, and unique plants and animals found in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area draw over a million visitors a year. The canyon is managed by the USDA Forest Service who work in partnership with several non-profits like the Friends of Sabino Canyon to protect, preserve, and enhance the canyon’s outdoor recreation opportunities.
Kartchner Caverns State Park
Not discovered until the mid-1970s, Kartchner Caverns State Park serves as a unique example of overcoming the challenges of land acquisition, political differences, legal hurdles, and management uncertainties to establish a new park unit. The park has only been open to the public since 1990; it offers amazing geologic features including a 21-foot stalactite and a 58-foot column.