Arivaca Cienega Trail

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Trail Distance: 1.3 miles
Time Estimate: 30 min
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description

The Arivaca Cienega trail is a dog-friendly nature path that loops through  Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, a 118,000-acre preserve located 60 miles south of Tucson. What sets this paw-path apart is that it traverses a Cienega, a rare desert marsh fed by springs. This unique habitat makes the preserve a vital breeding ground for many types of subtropical fowl. The refuge draws bird-watchers from all over, and is recognized for its conservation efforts by the Audubon Society. One species the park is working hard to protect is the endangered masked bobwhite quail -- visitors are asked to report any sightings of this bird to a park ranger. 

The smooth surface and lack of inclines make this path wheelchair- and stroller-friendly, allowing the whole pack to join in for this adventure! As you set off about your furry way, the path will transition from concrete to a railed boardwalk that meanders above the desert wetlands and cattail marshes. Two observation decks offer visitors excellent views of the desert ponds, one of which boasts two telescopes, including a lowered telescope for kids and wheelchair-bound guests. As you continue, you will pass through the groves of hackberry and mesquite trees that provide nesting sites for the many birds that call the refuge home. 

This park is furrific year-round, but the meadows are extra spectacular in the spring when the desert wildflowers begin to bloom. The park can be busy on the weekends, so consider planning your visit for a weekday. The trailhead is located by the parking area and has restrooms and two picnic shelters (including one that is wheelchair-accessible). You will need to bring doggie waste bags for when your pooch decides to leave his mark. As always, leave nothing behind and take nothing but pictures! We are sure you will enjoy this walk just as much as your pup (if not more)!

Trail Features
Diverse Landscape, Easy Incline, Desert
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
The preserve is conducting a survey on the endangered masked bobwhite quail. If you see one of these birds, please report it to a park ranger! Please keep your pooch leashed during this walk. This park plays a huge role in the preservation of endangered species; do your part by making sure you leave nothing behind and taking nothing but pictures.
Address
Arivaca Road
Arivaca, AZ 85601
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
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Address
Arivaca Road
Arivaca, AZ 85601
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours