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Agua Caliente Park

mapRoy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Regional Park
12325 East Roger Road
Tucson, AZ 85749
AguaCalientePark@pima.gov
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Open from 7:00 a.m. to Sunset every day of the year. The park is open by permit only on Easter.
Ranch House Visitor Center and Art Gallery, Rose Cottage, and Bunkhouse are closed on all county holidays.

Features/Amenities

  • Drinking Water
  • Grills
  • Hiking Trails
  • Historic Sites
  • Picnic Areas (tables and grills)
  • Restrooms
  • Walking Paths
  • Nature Shop  

Arts and Culture

  • Visitor Center and Art Gallery
  • Historic Landmarks

Outdoor Activities

Agua Caliente ParkAbout Agua Caliente

Agua Caliente, literally meaning hot water, is a unique 101-acre park with a perennial warm spring. An artificial stream links together three ponds within the park. The ponds are fed by the spring water and support diverse wildlife and fish populations. The spring flow fluctuates during the year—at various times, due to drought, visitors may see the lower ponds dry. Human habitation has been found to date back about 5,500 years. The site makes for a perfect place for a picnic or day hike.

Agua Caliente Park is located on the far east side of Tucson. Agua Caliente Park has a long and interesting history behind it. In 1873, a ranch and health resort was developed to promote the curative properties of the warm springs. The ranch bunkhouse, which dates back to the 1920s, was used by ranch hands.

Improvements have added the modern conveniences without eliminating the historical aspects of the park, including a paved entry drive, parking lot and sand topped paved trails designed to blend with the surrounding ground surface.

Interpretive signs explaining the geology and history of the warm spring and the natural and human history of the site are installed throughout the park. The entry gates and interpretive sign supports were produced as part of the public art component of the park development. The ranch house, caretaker cottage, now known as Rose Cottage, and the bunk house have been restored. The ranch house depicts the home as it may have appeared in the 1920s. In addition, there are historic photos of the ranch and an art gallery that exhibits art by local artists on a rotating basis.

Agua Caliente Park has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Friends of Agua Caliente Park

Ranch houseRanch 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.

Exhibits

December 13 – January 7: Nature As We See It, Artists drawn to create; a multi-media vision of nature presented by the Sketchbook Artistry Guild.

January 10 – February 11: Desert Wings, Ric Nielsen displays his scanography that reflects the beauty, colors, and the patterns of winged desert insects that are sure to bring enjoyment and amazement to all.

February 14 – March 25: Paint Out in the Parks, a juried exhibition of plein air works of selected Pima County park locations by the Tucson Plein Air Painters.

Agua Caliente ParkKnow the Rules

The Following are Prohibited:

  • Possession of alcohol
  • Fishing and hunting
  • Wading, swimming, and boating
  • Bicycles, skating, and scooters
  • Unleashed dogs
  • Horses and vehicles
  • Kites and motorized toys
  • Pop-up shade canopies, jumping castles, piñatas, and balloons
  • Loud music
  • Organized sports such as football, baseball, and volleyball
  • Activities requiring staked nets or posts
  • Metal detecting and geocaching
  • Releasing or abandoning pets or wildlife
  • Climbing trees
  • Collecting firewood, plants, fish, wildlife, and any other natural or cultural resources
  • Feeding the ducks
  • Erecting signs, fences, barriers, and structures
  • Using the park for commercial purposes, public meetings, and assemblies without a permit
  • Distributing advertising materials or selling goods or services without a permit

Group Use Permit

To request a group use permit call (520) 749-3718 or request a permit
A Group Use Permit is required for all functions with 20 or more guests. The maximum group size is 40 guests.

Permits are required to use Agua Caliente Park on Easter Sunday. Permits can be acquired by calling (520) 749-3718 no earlier than 30 days prior to Easter Sunday.

Commercial and Professional Photography and Filming

All new permits for commercial photographers to use Pima County Parks for photo shoot backdrops have been temporarily put on hold pending an administrative review of the permitting process. Under existing County Park Rule 1.020, all commercial activity on a county park must have the prior written permission of the Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department.

Research and Scientific Study

Activities that involve collecting of water, plants, animals; netting, banding or marking of wildlife, or access to restricted areas, is considered research or science study. Research and scientific studies must have prior permission from the Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation.

For information contact: Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department at 520-877-6000.

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