Park Profile: Agua Caliente Park

Roy Drachman Agua Caliente Regional Park Tucson | Park Profile: Agua Caliente Park

Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Regional Park, more commonly known as Agua Caliente Park, opened more than 30 years ago (in January 1985) on Tucson's northeast side.

Tucked away in a quiet, residential area, this unique 101-acre park features a perennial warm spring and three ponds, which are home to a rich mix of plants and animals.

Since there are no playgrounds and no sporting fields at this park, it tends to be less crowded than other city and county parks. That being said, it is still frequently used for family photos, birthday parties, and nature studies.

A visitor center, art gallery, and nature shop are also on the premises.


Where is Agua Caliente Park located?

Agua Caliente Park is on Tucson's northeast side. The address is 12325 East Roger Road, 85749.

What does "Agua Caliente" mean?

"Agua Caliente" means "hot water" in Spanish.

When is Agua Caliente Park open?

The park is open 7:00am to sunset every day of the year.

The Ranch House and Art Gallery, however, have designated hours:

  • May – October, Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00am-2:00pm
  • November – April, Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Closed all County holidays.

Why would I visit Agua Caliente Park?

  • To enjoy a picnic with family and friends
  • To go on a walk or run
  • To take your dog for a walk

What kinds of animals and plants might a visitor see at Agua Caliente Park?

Turtles, herons, bats, native fish, mule deer, coyotes, and many types of birds! You can access a bird watching brochure for Agua Caliente Park here. Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation reminds all visitors not to feed the wildlife.

How much does it cost to visit Agua Caliente Park?


What is the parking situation at Agua Caliente Park?

Parking is free and plentiful.

What should I bring with me when I visit Agua Caliente Park?

Sun safety is encouraged. Prepare for a perfect day at the park with a hat, drinking water, sunscreen, and snacks or a picnic lunch.

Can I bring my pet?

Dogs on leashes are permitted (please clean up after your pet). No horses.

What is the best season for visiting Agua Caliente Park?

October thru April are ideal because the temperatures tend to be more moderate than in the summer months. That said, Agua Caliente Park can also be enjoyed in the summer months – especially in the early morning hours and at dusk.

Who should I contact if I have a question or comment related to Agua Caliente Park?

For reservations or more information, please call the Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation Department at 520-749-3718.


How many playgrounds are there at Agua Caliente Park?

There are no playgrounds at Agua Caliente Park.


Picnic Tables Agua Caliente Park Tucson | Park Profile: Agua Caliente Park
Photo Credit: Pima County

How many tables are there at Agua Caliente Park?

There are 57 non-reservable picnic tables at Agua Caliente Park.

Are there any ramadas at Agua Caliente Park?


Are trash cans available and easily accessible?


Are there BBQ grills?

Barbecue grills are available, but note that they may only be fueled with charcoal or propane.

Is there an on-site restaurant or cafe?


What restaurants do you recommend in the area?

Since Agua Caliente Park is not in an urban area, the dining options are somewhat spread out. Still, you should be able to find a great spot to dine within 5-15 minutes. Try one of the below restaurants, which are all within a 9-mile radius of the park:

  • LeBuzz Caffe, 9121 E. Tanque Verde (6.1 miles away) - breakfast, lunch, espresso bar, coffee, bakery
  • Bear Canyon Pizza, 8987 E. Tanque Verde (6.1 miles away) - pizza, beer, children's play area
  • Zona 78, 7301 E. Tanque Verde (8.6 miles away) - Italian kitchen, lunch, dinner, happy hour
  • Renee's, 7065 E. Tanque Verde (9.0 miles away) - pizza, pasta, wine, happy hour

How close is the nearest grocery store?

Picking up supplies for a picnic? Safeway grocery store is about ten minutes away.

How close is the nearest pizza delivery place?

Try Grandma Tony's Pizza at 7878 E. Wrightstown Rd (take-out only, no dine-in) or Bear Canyon Pizza (listed above).


What is the distance of the walking path?

The exact mileage is not known, but it's a relatively short loop - ideal for bird watching or leisurely strolls.

Are there mile markers?


Can I bring/ride my bike?

Bicycles, scooters, and skateboards are not permitted.


How many ponds are there?

There is one warm spring and three ponds.

Is swimming allowed?

No. Swimming is not permitted. 

Is fishing allowed?

No. Fishing is not permitted.

Can I feed the ducks?

No. Feeding the ducks is not permitted.


Are restrooms available? Where are they located?

Yes. The restrooms are located near the parking lot.


Can I have a birthday party or wedding at Agua Caliente Park?

Yes. A group use permit is required for all functions with 20 or more guests. The maximum group size is 40 guests. The group use permit is free, but does not guarantee parking or a specific location in the park. All sites are on a first-come basis. All group activities must conclude before sunset.

Jumping castles, pop-up canopies, pinatas, balloons, PA systems, alcohol, and kites are not permitted.

Is the Agua Caliente Ranch House available to rent for special events?

Yes. For more information, call 520-724-5000 or send an email to [email protected].


Public PoolNO
Splash PadNO
Parks & Rec FacilityNO
Sports FieldsNO
Dog ParkNO
Walking/Biking PathsYES
Water FeaturesYES
Hiking TrailsNO

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