The Arivaca Cienega is a wetland associated with the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. There is between 1 and 2 miles of hiking trails and several interpretive signs telling you about the area and the wildlife you may encounter.
The schoolhouse at Arivaca was built in 1879 and is the oldest school still standing in the state. It is no longer used as a school; but it is the center of a lot of community activities. It was designed by Pedro Aguirre.
One of my favorite things to do anywhere I go is to meet the locals. This is Regan Wendell a local artist. Isn't that a great smile? The second photo is of a nice freindly waitress at the Red Rooster Inn named Amber.
In the 1880s a Mexican woman named Teresa Celaya built a 12 room saloon and Inn in Arivaca. The ruins are located next to the La Gitana Cantina and are listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.
Near the entrance there are a few picnic tables. There are three main places in Arivaca to get food and drinks: The Arivaca Mercantile; La Gitana Cantina; and the Red Rooster Inn.
This building was built in 1879 as a hotel. During the Mexican Revolution it served as a clinic and the living quarters for the cavalry doctors stationed in town. It is now a private residence.
The Arivaca Human Resources Office is located in this building which is another home built before 1900.
In the 1930s this building was called Caviglia's Cafe and was a rather wild dancehall. It is now a private residence.
The building housing the Perez and Sons Tire Company was a gas station, one of the few in the area up to the 50s. One point of interest here is the old-style gas pump named "El Tejano".
There is a raised platform with some free viewers located by the biggest body of water in the cienega.
The Arivaca Cienega is fed by seven springs and a number of year-round creeks. This forms a unique area for this part of Arizona. In this photo you can see a marshy area to include cattails.
A short part of the trail is paved and is wheelchair accessible. There is also a boardwalk over the wetter parts of the trail.