The Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Regional Park, commonly simplified to Agua Caliente Park, opened more than 30 years ago (in January 1985) on Tucson’s northeast side.
Agua Caliente, literally meaning “hot water” in Spanish, is a unique 101-acre park that features a perennial warm spring and pond that is home to a rich mix of plants and animals.
The flow rate from the spring has varied over time reportedly as high as 500 gallons per minute to an unmeasurable seep in recent years. The sources and pathways for the water that now infrequently comes out of the natural spring head are not fully understood. Rainfall and snow on the Santa Catalina Mountains, shallow and deep rock stresses and fractures, as well as significant heat generated hundreds of feet below the surface, all contribute to the complex and changing system. In recent years, the pond has been maintained with water pumped from a well located on the property.
A Visitor Center, Art Gallery, and Nature Shop are also on the premises.
On July 9, 2009 Agua Caliente Ranch Rural Historic Landscape was placed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where is Agua Caliente Park located?
Tucson’s northeast side. The address is 12325 East Roger Road, 85749.
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 1 – October 31, Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00am-2:00pm
- November 1 – April 30, Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00am-3:00pm
- 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
How much does it cost to visit Agua Caliente Park?
What is the parking situation at Agua Caliente Park?
Free. Plentiful. Pull-in style parking.
What should I bring with me when I visit Agua Caliente Park?
Water and snacks. Sun safety is encouraged. Prepare for a perfect day at the park with a hat, drinking water, and sunscreen.
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, comment, or idea 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?
How many tables are there at Agua Caliente Park?
Are trash cans available and easily accessible?
Are there BBQ grills?
Is power available at all of the ramadas?
Is there an on-site restaurant or cafe?
All this playing is making us hungry. 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. Our top picks within a 10-mile radius are:
- 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
- Jackson Bar + Eatery, 8864 E. Tanque Verde (6.4 miles away) – dinner, cocktails, happy hour
- Five Guys, 9484 E. 22nd St (8.5 miles away) – burgers, fries
- Zona 78, 7301 E. Tanque Verde (8.6 miles away) – Italian kitchen, lunch, dinner, happy hour
- Renee’s Organic Oven, 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 is about ten minutes away at 9125 E. Tanque Verde.
How close is the nearest pizza delivery place?
We recommend 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/running paths?
Are there mile markers?
Can I bring/ride my bike?
Bicycles, scotters, and skateboards are not permitted.
How many ponds are there?
There is one warm spring and three ponds.
Is swimming allowed?
Is fishing allowed?
Can I feed the ducks?
No – but you can study them, photograph them, and let your toddler run around with them.
Are restrooms available? Where are they located?
Yes. The restrooms are located near the parking lot.
Are toilet seat covers available?
Is a family restroom available?
Can I have a birthday party or wedding at Agua Caliente Park? What is the cost?
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.
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Agua Caliente Park is a lesser-known park that is tucked away in a quiet, residential area in northeast Tucson. The park is most popular for family photos, birthday parties, and field trips – but is less crowded since it offers no playgrounds or sporting fields.
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