Today the 101 acre Agua Caliente is part of the Pima County Park system. There are three spring feed ponds within the park. Most of the year, only one has water. It’s a beautiful destination for all seasons.
The main pond is almost overflowing. It has been years since I have seen it this full.
It’s almost the end of November and fall is arriving in the desert Southwest. A visit to the park in late afternoon, with the slant of the setting sun, creates some vibrant colors.
The water is lapping up to the banks and the trees are admiring their reflections in the water.
This place is filled with old palm trees. Somehow they appear to work here.
The water turtles were playing on a root and the ducks were looking for food. Today you are no longer allowed to feed the ducks. Back in the old days we use to come here and toss them old pieces of bread. Today Nature is to rule without human interference.
Due to the recent rains, the furthest pond had some traces of water. Look at these beautiful views. Agua Caliente is truly a desert oasis.
This time of year the mesquite have dropped their leaves. In the spring and summer they will provide a canopy of shade to cool the heat loving hiker.
Here’s a palm tree contortionist. The day I was here there were several photographers taking family pictures. Family gathering for a picnic. Dogs enjoying the trails with their owners. People relaxing, soaking up the beauty and quiet while they were reading a book.
You can find Agua Caliente at 12325 East Roger Road, on Tucson’s far east side of town. It’s a wonderful place to introduce your winter visitors to a unique Tucson experience. Take some time to stroll the paths, read the interpretive signs and soak up the beauty of the surrounding mountains and desert. You won’t regret it.