Closures planned for the project in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area


TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) — The Coronado National Forest will begin a project in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area next week, repaving about five miles of road. The project begins on Monday February 21 and is expected to last until May. Temporary closures will be required throughout the project.

Vegetation trimming, staking and erosion control along the Sabino and Bear Canyon roads will occur first. Subsequent phases will include closing and repaving each road, beginning with the Bear Canyon Road. Roads will be closed to walking, biking and Sabino Canyon Crawler operation during these times.

The project schedule is below. It is subject to change.

  • April Paving and road closure on Bear Canyon Road. Sabino Canyon Road remains open.
  • April May Paving and road closure on Sabino Canyon Road after exiting Bear Canyon. Bear Canyon Road reopens.
  • Mid to end of May Estimated total recreation area road closure for two weeks for paving Sabino Canyon Road near the Visitor Center.

Sabino Canyon Crawler operations will change during this project. Go to the website ( for the latest information and to book in advance.

The project is taking place during the dry spring months to avoid effects on water quality and fish populations in Sabino Creek, including the endangered Gila Chub.

Funding for the $2.2 million project comes from the Great American Outdoors Act. The act provides five years of funding to reduce the Forest Service’s deferred maintenance backlog while improving critical infrastructure essential to the use and enjoyment of the national forests and grasslands. The road network dates from the 1970s and several sections are in poor condition.

More than one million visitors enjoy the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area each year, making it one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the Tucson area.

For more information, contact the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center at (520) 749-8700.

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