The long-shuttered Longhorn Grill in Amado, one of southern Arizona’s most iconic landmarks, was reopened in 2019. Visitors to the Longhorn still step through the main entrance famously sculpted to look like a gigantic cow’s skull leaning against a boulder. Step inside to discover an all-new interior. Back outside, we’ll enjoy expanded patio dining, and a fabulous menu that runs from chargrilled burgers to slow smoked brisket sandwiches, big fresh salads topped with pollo asado chicken or grilled salmon, and imaginative rice bowls. Lunch is on self. Later we’ll head to beautiful Madera Canyon, located on the northwestern face of the Santa Rita Mountains in the Coronado National Forest. Madera Canyon and Madera Creek traverse four life zones, and many habitats between the desert floor and the mountaintops, making it one of Arizona’s most famous “Sky Islands.” With fifteen species of hummingbirds, and over 256 species of birds documented, it is a “required” site for all serious birders. You will not spend time in Madera Canyon without seeing plenty of wildlife. White-tailed and mule deer, rabbits, wild turkeys, and squirrels are regularly observed. Other animals like black bear, coati, foxes, ring-tailed cats, raccoons, bobcats, and mountain lion are more reclusive and only occasionally seen, and sixteen species of bats have been recorded in the Canyon. Madera Canyon is a perfect springtime destination!
Depart: NW 8 a.m. Phx 8:30 a.m. Mesa 9 a.m. R: 6 p.m.