Agua Caliente Park - Things to Do In Tucson
Take a break at a natural area rife with history!
Over 100 acres sit nestled below the backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountain Range and the Rincon Mountains in extreme NE Tucson.
The area is steeped in history -- a quiet spring and duck-filled pond gives home to a rich mix of plants, trees, and wildlife -- perfect for a weekend picnic!
The Agua Caliente Park first went on the map, so to speak, back in the late 1800's as a dairly cattle operation. The claim passed hands and an orchard, ponds, and ranch house was expanded upon.
The ranch provided water for the army, and many cattle drives stopped to share in the water through the years. In 1878, Fuller Hot Springs Resort was developed and the Resort soon opened for business. 3000 trees helped to add to the restful nature of the area.
In 1897, the land passed hands again and became a working cattle ranch for the next fifty years. In 1984, Pima County purchased 100 acres with help from Roy P. Drachman and Agua Caliente Park is now an oasis amid the desert for families and friends to gather.
Nature walks led by naturalists, an onsite gallery, tours, birdwatching, and even wedding facilities are available to help visitors and residents to enjoy and appreciate this haven of green.
To find the park, take Tanque Verde Road East to Soldier Trail. Turn North to Roger Road. Take a right (east) on Roger to enter the park.
You can also take Catalina Highway to Snyder Road, turn east until you hit Soldier Trail, take a left (south) until you meet Roger and take the right into the park.
Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Park
12325 E. Roger Road
Tucson, AZ 85749
Park hours: 7 a.m. - sunset
For other great ideas of things to do in Tucson, AZ check out this post about many events that take place not just on labor day, but all year through, as well as visiting the beautiful desert park, paths, and gardens of Tohono Chul on the NW side of town.