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 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?
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.
How many tables are there at Agua Caliente Park?
There are picnic tables at Agua Caliente Park.
Are trash cans available and easily accessible?
Are there BBQ grills?
Barbecure grills are available, but note that they may only be fueled with charcoal or propane.
Is power available at all of the ramadas?
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
- 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.
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/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?
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? 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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