Somehow or another, even though I’ve lived in Tucson for 7 years and my husband has lived here for 28 years, neither of us had ever made it to Agua Caliente Park (on the far northeast side of town).
A few weekends ago we took our two-year-old daughter to check it out, and we were pleasantly surprised. It’s absolutely beautiful! There are gorgeous ponds and streams, trees everywhere, and green grassy areas dotted with picnic tables. The natural hot springs there allow for luscious, abundant growth that is rarely seen in the southern Arizona desert.
A helpful park guide informed us that winter is the best time to come because they offer lectures about the history of the park in the historic ranch house and the ducks are more abundant in cooler weather. But, even on a hot August day, we enjoyed ourselves. People strolled the paths in the shade of the trees and we watched the ducks playing in the water.
The park doesn’t have any playground equipment, but there are lots of benches and picnic tables, a large, easily accessible parking lot, and [best of all for someone with a potty-training toddler!] clean bathrooms, with flushing toilets and soap.
We will definitely be going to Agua Caliente Park again soon!
Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Regional Park
12325 East Roger Road Tucson, AZ 85749
Open 7:00 am – sunset daily.
Ranch House Visitor Center and Art Gallery
- May 1 – October 31, Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- November 1 – April 30, Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Closed all County holidays.