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.
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
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
Photo Courtesy of Mary Scott - Arivaca, AZ
As every birder probably knows local Audubon Society pages are a great resource and reference for Birding and ecology.
Check out the following page for Birding Trips.
Audubon Field Trips
Other events and Educational courses sponsored by Audubon can be found here.
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 [...]
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.
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