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Roy P. Drachman - Agua Caliente Regional Park
Agua Caliente Park is named for the perennial warm water spring that supports several ponds, some seasonal, and creates a unique desert oasis. An open lawn is flanked by huge date palms, and the stream bank is lined with mature California fan palms interspersed with native trees and shrubs like G...
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Sweetwater Wetlands
Description: Sweetwater is an excellent example of a constructed wetland designed to be highly accessible to visitors; it is one of the prime places in urban Tucson to see native wildlife. The wetlands, built to re-create part of the wetland and riparian woodland habitat that once flourished along the Santa Cruz River, provide guided tours and educational programs for school groups and other visitors.

Wildlife to Watch: Over 200 species of birds have been observed at the Wetlands, including yellow-headed and red-winged blackbirds, verdin, vermilion flycatcher, common yellowthroat, Abert’s towhee, song sparrow, marsh wren, Harris’s hawk, and many species of swallows, rails, grebes, herons, shorebirds, and waterbirds. The isolated “green spot” also attracts many migratory songbirds such as flycatchers, warblers, vireos, tanagers, buntings, grosbeaks, orioles, and sparrows. Mammals include desert cottontail, coyote, Arizona cottonrat, round-tailed ground squirrel, and rock squirrel. Reptiles include western diamond-backed rattlesnake, desert spiny and zebra-tailed lizards.

Special Tips: Tucson Audubon Society periodically conducts free birding trips for the public.

Other Activities: Trails are wide and flat, with one area of gentle inclines. There are universally accessible trails around ponds and through other vegetated areas.

Ownership: Tucson Water 
Size: 18 acres 
Closest Town: Tucson

Facilities:
RestroomsParkingHikingHandicap AccessibleRV Pullout

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

Yellow-headed Blackbird - photo by Bruce Taubert
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Driving Directions:
From eastbound I-10, exit onto the frontage road at the Prince Road exit in Tucson. Immediately move to the right lane and turn right on Sweetwater Drive. Look for Sweetwater Wetlands parking on the left after about 0.1 mile.

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Sweetwater Wetlands : Wildlife Viewing Area