Vault Mine Trail in Madera Canyon

After a year of putting off exploring Madera Canyon, we finally made it out there and were pleasantly surprised. Not only did we get to see fall foliage, we also found a steep trail that led to an old, abandoned mine that operated in the 1900s.

Madera Canyon, Green Valley, Tucson, AZ, Arizona

The elevation gain on this trail made me feel like I was out of shape. I don't think husband broke a sweat though. >_<

Fall leaves, Madera Canyon, Green Valley, Tucson, AZ, Arizona
Real trees! Living in the desert, I get excited easily by this...


Apparently Madera Canyon is THE place to bird watch.... we saw more bird photographers than actual birds....

Abandoned mining cart trail, Madera Canyon, Green Valley, Tucson, AZ, Arizona
Abandoned mining cart off the trail.

Panorama Madera Canyon, Green Valley, Tucson, AZ, Arizona

Abandoned mining tools, equipment, trail, Madera Canyon, Green Valley, Tucson, AZ, Arizona

Abandoned mining tools, equipment, trail, Madera Canyon, Green Valley, Tucson, AZ, Arizona

Abandoned mining tools, equipment, trail, Madera Canyon, Green Valley, Tucson, AZ, Arizona

Abandoned mining tools, equipment, trail, Madera Canyon, Green Valley, Tucson, AZ, Arizona

Abandoned mining tools, equipment, trail, Madera Canyon, Green Valley, Tucson, AZ, Arizona

Abandoned, closed mine trail, Madera Canyon, Green Valley, Tucson, AZ, Arizona
The mine, which is boarded and full of stagnant waterand guarded by wasps.

Abandoned, closed mine trail, Madera Canyon, Green Valley, Tucson, AZ, Arizona

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