Bureau of Land Management, Arizona.
Facilities or services have changed at this site in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for updates.In a state where desert arroyos, washes, and many streambeds remain bone-dry most of the time, the year-round flow of Cienega Creek makes it a highly valuable resource. A lush green ribbon of vegetation defines one of the most significant riparian zones in southern Arizona. Cienega Creek gets its name from the cienegas, or marshes, which occur along its length. This rare vegetation community has nearly disappeared in the Southwest.
From Tucson, go east on Interstate 10 and then south on state Route 83 to the wildlife area turnoff near milepost 40.