The Sabino Canyon shuttle has resumed operating its regular route, using its 21-passenger vehicles. Please arrive at Sabino Canyon well in advance of your scheduled departure, as the Parking lot is often quite full. Shuttles must depart on time in order to maintain the tour schedule.

Sabino Canyon Crawler

Service now in operation

The Sabino Canyon Crawler and Bear Canyon/Seven Falls Trailhead service is now open, with enhanced visitor safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please note that while the CDC recently stopped requiring masks for vaccinated individuals while outdoors, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security continues to require riders to wear masks while aboard any form of public transportation, including the Sabino Canyon Crawler.

Shuttle Ticket Availability

Safety measures include:

  • MASKS (covering nose and mouth) ARE REQUIRED TO BE WORN BY ALL PASSENGERS WHILE ONBOARD THE VEHICLE AND WHILE AWAITING BOARDING OR TICKETING. Please adhere to 6’ physical distancing between parties while in line.
  • All Sabino Canyon Crawler employees will wear masks and gloves while interacting with the public. The first row of seats behind the driver is reserved for passengers with mobility devices, and the seats within the driver cabin area are reserved for Sabino Canyon Crawler employees.
  • Sabino Canyon Crawler tour vehicles will be limited to 49 passengers unless other group assembly limitations as mandated by state and local health departments.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the ticketing kiosk and in the boarding area. We encourage washing your hands for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer before/after purchasing tickets at the kiosks.
  • With the increased hazard for flash flooding, due to the Bighorn Fire, when rainfall is occurring or has recently occurred in the Sabino Canyon watershed, the Sabino Canyon Crawler will operate on the Highwater Tour, which goes to Stop 2 in Sabino Canyon, and then to the Sabino Overlook and Sabino Dam.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization of vehicles and ticketing equipment will occur between departures.
  • Passenger compartment windows have been removed from the enclosed vehicles operating on the Bear Canyon/Seven Falls Trailhead Service.
  • Cash sales will only be permitted by reserving seats with a Shuttle Concierge and using the drop box on the south side of the Shuttle Ticket building adjacent to the Ticket Kiosks. The exact fare amount is required, since no change can be given.

Sabino Canyon Crawler, an emission-free electric shuttle, enhances the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area experience and is designed to protect the area’s natural and cultural resources.

The electric shuttles seat up to 60 passengers and offer an enhanced interpretive program that shares details about how Sabino Canyon was formed, what kind of plant and wildlife live in the canyon, seasonal changes that occur in the canyon, plus important historical and cultural information.

An individualized automated narration system allows each passenger to plug provided earbuds in at their seat to enjoy a unique experience and shield non-shuttle canyon visitors from noise and sounds. The narration is available in English and Spanish. Everyone has the opportunity to enjoy details about the natural environment, cultural history, and diverse flora and fauna of the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.

Audio is available over a speaker system on the gas-powered shuttles. All vehicles have public address systems for making emergency announcements.