Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Park
The first time I went here I thought I was going to Gilligan's Island. What a lush oasis on a summer day!
The Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Park features 101 acres with a natural spring, and ponds complete with ducks and turtles. (please don't feed them)
Take in a little history reading the plaques and markers regarding the Ranch House and Art Gallery as well. The original ranch house was built about 1873! Records show the area was a site for Indian hunters and gatherers, including the Hohokam.
Starting about 1853 - the army used the spring following the Gadsden Purhase and in 1875 an orchard and cattle ranch was established and the grounds were operated up to the 1920's as a ranch and resort. The Fullers' established the area as a medicinal hot springs and resort area beginning in 1881.
In more current history, Roy P. Drachman donated over $200,000 towards its purchase by Pima County. Improvements over the years included paved drive, parking lots, trails, signs, and public access.
Currently, the Ranch is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
There are guided walks of the house and grounds. Bird watching is prevalent here. Watch out for ring-necked ducks, vermilion flycatchers, blue herons, snowy egrets and American Widgeons.
Or..just take in a picnic and enjoy the rolling, lush lawn and mature shady trees. Truly, Agua Caliente Park is an Oasis in the desert!
You can read more about Agua Caliente Park in my blog post!