The Arivaca Creek Trail may only be just over a mile long, but it’s not short on views! The main feature of this trail is the seasonal stream that meanders through tall cottonwood trees. This lush, riparian (or streamside) habitat is a rarity in Arizona, and is truly an oasis in the desert. When you and your pooch want to get outside for some exercise, you’ll find solace in the refreshing shade of the trees along this trail. Since the creek is seasonal, the best times to hike here are in the cooler months, between December and March.
The Arivaca Creek Trailhead can be found just 2 miles west of Arivaca. It’s located along Arivaca Sasabe Road at milepost 10.5. There is a picnic table at the trailhead, so why not pack a lunch? Here you’ll also find an information kiosk with pamphlets and descriptions of native flora and fauna. Along the trail, there is a bench where you and your pup can kick back and enjoy the sights and smells.
The lush vegetation in the area attracts all kinds of critters, and is very popular among birdwatchers. Don’t be surprised to see lots of colorful plumage amongst the cottonwoods. Approximately 340 species of birds have been recorded in the surrounding area, some of which are subtropical or endangered. There are interpretive signs posted along the trail so you can learn about the species on your walk with Fido.
Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans on this trail, as long as they get picked up after and remain on their best behavior. It’s important that your pooch doesn’t disturb the wildlife in this area. Don’t forget to bring waste bags and treats for your good boy or girl! If you and your doggo want to enjoy a lush oasis in the desert, the Arivaca Creek Trail is the place to go!