Things to Do In Arivaca, Arizona

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Arivaca is a small village about 60 miles south of Tucson. From I-19 at Amado, this is a pleasant country drive 25 miles to Arivaca.
Here are our recommendations for things to do in Arivaca, as well as nearby attractions. Included are our dining and lodging suggestions.

Hiking, Bird Watching, Wildlife Observing

Arivaca is a great place for hiking, bird watching, & observing wildlife at the Arivaca Cienega and Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge (BANWR). Here are some photos courtesy of Mary Scott, a local resident.

Arivaca Traffic
Cienega boardwalk with Great Blue Heron
Arivaca Birder Hike
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Yellow-breasted Chat
Western Kingbird
Turkey Vulture
Summer Tanager
Arivaca Cienega Summer
Rufous-winged Sparrow
Pyrrhuloxia
Ocotillo and Baboquivari
Greater Roadrunner on nest
Cactus Wren
Broadbilled Hummingbird nest at Arivaca Cienega
Black Phoebe
Black-headed Grosbeak
Arivaca Lakeshore
Arivaca Lake fishing
Arivaca hillside
Arivaca Cienega Skunks
Arivaca Cienega Deer
Baboquivari and Century Plant

Arivaca Traffic

Cienega-boardwalk-with-Great-Blue-Heron

Arivaca Birder Hike

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-breasted Chat

Western Kingbird

Turkey Vulture

Summer Tanager

Arivaca Cienega Summer

Rufous-winged Sparrow

Pyrrhuloxia

Ocotillo and Baboquivari

Greater Roadrunner on nest

Cactus Wren

Broadbilled Hummingbird nest at Arivaca Cienega

Black Phoebe

Black-headed Grosbeak

Arivaca Lakeshore

Arivaca Lake fishing

Arivaca hillside

Arivaca Cienega Skunks

Arivaca Cienega Deer

Baboquivari and Century Plant

Hiking Arivaca

Broad-billed Hummingbird Nest at Cienega. Photo by Mary Scott.

Broad-billed Hummingbird Nest at Cienega. Photo by Mary Scott.

Two trails meander through rare Arizona riparian areas. Due to human activity over the past 140 years, our state has lost over 90% of its rivers, streams, and adjacent habitat.
Arivaca Cienega Trail is a 1-1/4 mile loop over a boardwalk and path, with opportunities to see abundant bird life in a rare desert wetland. Trailhead is ¼ mile east of Arivaca where there are picnic tables and rest rooms. Read More

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The Girls by an Old West Saloon in Arivaca

The Girls

These white cows are affectionately known as “The Girls” in Arivaca, Arizona. Headed down the main street they appear to be headed for La Gitana Cantina, bragged on as being the oldest continually run saloon in the state, circa 1880. This scene is typical of the view you may see … Continue reading

Ruby Arizona: Our Best Ghost Town

Ruby Interviewing Howard

Ruby Arizona is about 12 miles from Arivaca. About half way there, the road goes from pavement to dirt. But it’s well-maintained and a standard sedan can easily travel on it (unless of course the area gets a hard rain). Again, do not rely on your GPS. ******************** Ruby was a mining [...]

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The Village of Arivaca, The Ghost Town Of Ruby, & Sweet Peas Cafe’!

Arivaca Lakeshore

The road from Amado to Arivaca winds through rolling, mesquite-covered hills. It’s obviously very popular with cyclists, motor and otherwise.
Just before we arrived in town, we came to the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge where, by appointment, we met and interviewed Richard Conway, a local geologist and Mary Scott, a seasoned birdwatcher and wildlife photographer.

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Amado Territory Inn – Near Tubac

amado_territory_inn

The Amado Territory Inn once had a very good restaurant although I see that their website now indicates dining room SNACKS, whatever that is. However, we have also walked their pleasant grounds, and wandered into their artist studios. I had a brief conversation with the new owner, Wayne, and seen … Continue reading