Santa Rita Lodge is located in the heart of Madera Canyon part of the Coronado National Forest.
We are just a short 13 mile drive southeast of Green Valley, Arizona. Our rustic lodge has been a historical destination for over 80 years. The lodge as well as the land is ever changing. At the elevation of 5000 feet, the Lodge is about 10 degrees cooler than Tucson. No wonder our visitors come back year after year.
Madera Canyon is a rich, protected habitat which provides an ideal breeding ground for about 200 species of birds. Birders from all over the world come to view the rare species such as Elegant Trogon, Painted Redstart, and various Hummingbirds (up to 15 different species). The Elf Owls and Whiskered Screech Owls call the Madera Canyon their home in the migrating months. Feeders are abundant on the 4 ½ acres to attract the wide variety of birds.
We offer a sitting areas for visitors and lodge guests to view the birds and enjoy the wonderful surroundings. Lodge guests has use of the grounds and private picnic areas. Flowers and rose bushes are abundant under the covered sitting areas. Madera Canyon is also known for the ideal hiking with well-maintained trails ranging from easy to a challenging all day trek up Mount Wrightson near 10,000 feet. Madera Canyon is also a haven for insect enthusiasts that come and see the many different varieties of butterflies, moths and beetles.
We invite you visit our gift shop and browse our selections of books, t-shirts, hats, hummingbird feeders and a variety of Madera Canyon souvenirs. We also offer cool refreshments, sandwiches and snacks.
Come by for a tour of our cabins and casitas. You will be surprised by the peaceful surroundings and natural beauty of the Santa Rita Lodge.