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Agua Caliente Park

mapRoy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Regional Park
12325 East Roger Road
Tucson, AZ 85749
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Open from 7:00 a.m. to Sunset every day of the year.

Ranch House Visitor Center and Art Gallery, Rose Cottage, and Bunkhouse are closed on all county holidays.


  • 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 Schedule

Call to Artists 

Pima County’s Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Art Gallery is accepting applications from artists for consideration to display their work during a four week exhibition period in 2017. Original artwork must reflect nature, wildlife, landscapes, southwestern themes, or local cultures that are in keeping with the park setting.

To be considered for a session during the January - December 2017 exhibition period please submit the following by (postal mail or by email) March 5, 2016:
  1. Cover Sheet with your name or name of organization, contact information: phone number, email address, and mailing address. 
  2. Six – ten color photographs (4”x 6” or no larger than 8”x 10” prints) that are representative of the work you propose to exhibit. Email submissions should be jpg or pdf attachments. Please label images with artist name, title of work, dimensions of the piece, and art medium. 
  3. A brief resume or biography.
  4. An artist’s statement and description of work.
  5. Stamped, self-addressed envelope if you want application materials returned.
Send by Mail to:
Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Art Gallery
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation
3500 W. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85741

Or Email to: aguacalientepark@pima.gov (use JPG or PDF attachments)

For more information contact:
Wendy Burroughs, Environmental Education Program Manager
Phone: 520-615-7855 ext. 0
Email: aguacalientepark@pima.gov

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.

Commercial and Professional Photography and Filming

Permits are required for commercial photographers to use Pima County Parks for photo shoot backdrops. 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: 520-724-5000 or NRPRinfo@pima.gov

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Tucson, AZ 85741

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