Madera Canyon, a family favorite area is located about 30 miles south of Tucson. Mt. Wrightson and its fellow Santa Rita mountains top out around 9000 feet and feed water to the north down Madera Creek. The area is lush and vegetated by 9 different types of oaks and pines that are found mostly in Mexico. The area is famous for birding.
The creek usually runs quiet and reflective but each year during the monsoon storms the creek has the potential for flooding and rapid erosion. These tough trees hang on and some how manage to defy erosion and gravity.