RV Park and Arivaca, Arizona
provided by John
Canfield (Thanks John!)
A Visitor we had recently at our park.
A local avid mountain biker calls
Arivaca "Moab-South" due to the incredible amount of
mountain biking terrain in this little known and remote area
located a short one hour drive SW of Tucson's airport. The
mountain biking is stellar along jeep trails that almost
never see jeeps or other riders. There's no single track
here, but you'll be hard pressed to find other people on
these local rides. We've got four wheel drive only roads
that make great riding for the daring and the timid. Many
miles of these trails are just waiting for your tread to
make its mark. The above picture is from one ride in a local
mountain range called the Las Gijas. Local mountain ranges
contain miles of loops that can take anywhere from 50
minutes to several hours to complete, depending on your
pedaling desire. Local guides can take you on these roads
where it is possible to see mule deer, javelina, and antelope crossing your path.
The Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge is home to many migrating birds. Excellent opportunity exists to see rare and beautiful species here in the western flyway
Above is a picture of Arivaca Lake which is located about seven miles from the Arivaca Townsite, on the way to the old mining town of Ruby. This lake was created many years ago to support local cattle and it exists today as a recreation site to fish and to swim. No gas engines.
Southern Arizona is a prized possession to astronomers from all over the globe. To Arivaca's west is Kitt Peak that contains one of the world's foremost solar research telescopes. In a mountain range to the east of Arivaca is the new Smithsonian Binocular telescope sitting atop Mt. Hopkins. Astronomers flock to this area for its dark skies; lack of clouds and the crisp clean air, which lends itself wonderfully to the clear photos that amateur astronomers live for. On a clear winter night, the haze of the Andromeda Galaxy is an unmistakable sight with the naked eye.