|Location||East portion of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in southern Arizona|
|Length||1.25 Miles / 2.01 Km||Loop Trail?||Yes|
|Allowed Uses||Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
|Agency||U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service|
|Entry Fee?||No||Parking Fee?||No|
The trail meanders along the seasonally wet Arivaca Creek streamcourse, under giant cottonwoods and through lush vegetation which attracts songbirds, woodpeckers, owls, and coatis (racoon relatives). A short side trail leads from the stream bed to the 1870s-era adobe ranch house of Eva Wilbur-Cruce, who wrote about growing up here in "A Beautiful Cruel Country." A quarter-mile downstream from the trailhead, Mustang Trail branches off and provides a chance for a vigorous 5-mile round-trip hike to Mustang Saddle and then via switchbacks to the top of El Cerro, a small mountain. Mustang Trail has no shade and is best experienced in the cooler winter months. Along Arivaca Creek Trail in spring and summer, brilliant vermillion flycatchers flit among branches along the creek. The summer air is alive with calls from summer tanagers, yellow-breasted chat, cardinals and phainopeplas.
Arivaca Creek Trail is signicant ecologically because it preserves riparian (streamside) habitat. Arizona has lost more than 90% of its riparian habitat due to human-caused activities such as channelization, livestock grazing, development, and water table pumping. The shade, moisture, lush greenery and abundant insects attract a wide variety of bird life. In turn this makes Arivaca Creek Trail a destination for bird watchers. The trail along Arivaca Creek takes visitors through rare and valuable desert southwest wetland and riparian habitats, homes for listed endangered species, species of concern, (Continued...)
Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31
Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset
Two miles west of the small community of Arivaca, Arizona, along the Arivaca-Sasabe Road at milepost 10.5
Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: 3600
Elevation High Point: 3700
Year Designated: 2005
Date Last Updated: 09/19/2012
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