Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Regional Park
Open from 7:00 a.m. to Sunset every day of the year. Ranch House Visitor Center and Art Gallery, Rose Cottage, and Bunkhouse are closed on all county holidays.
Wake up with the Birds at Agua Caliente Park
Thursdays NOW $5 FEE
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation offers this guided birding walk in the desert oasis of Agua Caliente Park to spot wetland birds, hummingbirds, songbirds, and raptors. Binoculars are available for use. Online registration required. Free with Membership. See details.
November – April: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 10am – 2:30pm (Thursday: open at 9:00 for bird walk)
May–September: Thursdays only – 9am- 1:30pm
October: Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 9am–1:30pm
About Agua Caliente
Agua Caliente, literally meaning hot water, is a unique 101-acre park with a perennial warm spring. An artificial stream links together three ponds within the park. The ponds are fed by the spring water and support diverse wildlife and fish populations. See the Park bird check list. The spring flow fluctuates during the year—at various times, due to drought, visitors may see the lower ponds dry. Human habitation has been found to date back about 5,500 years. The site makes for a perfect place for a picnic or day hike.
Agua Caliente Park is located on the far east side of Tucson. Agua Caliente Park has a long and interesting history behind it. In 1873, a ranch and health resort was developed to promote the curative properties of the warm springs. The ranch bunkhouse, which dates back to the 1920s, was used by ranch hands.
Improvements have added the modern conveniences without eliminating the historical aspects of the park, including a paved entry drive, parking lot and sand topped paved trails designed to blend with the surrounding ground surface.
Interpretive signs explaining the geology and history of the warm spring and the natural and human history of the site are installed throughout the park. The entry gates and interpretive sign supports were produced as part of the public art component of the park development. The ranch house, caretaker cottage, now known as Rose Cottage, and the bunk house have been restored. The ranch house depicts the home as it may have appeared in the 1920s. In addition, there are historic photos of the ranch and an art gallery that exhibits art by local artists on a rotating basis.
Agua Caliente Park has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Drinking Water
- Hiking Trails
- Historic Sites
- Picnic Areas (tables and grills)
- Walking Paths
- Nature Shop
Arts and Culture
- Visitor Center and Art Gallery
- Historic Landmarks
- Birding. See the Park bird check list
- Environmental Education
- Interpretive Programs
- Wildlife Viewing
For more information visit the Pima County website, webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=1503
Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742
Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624