Cienega Creek Preserve Park
Explore Cienega Creek Preserve
Cienega Creek Access
This paved, 10-vehicle, 6-horse rig lot
provides access to the Cienega Creek Natural Preserve and Davidson
Canyon. The trailhead is located just off Marsh Station Road a short
distance west of Three Bridges. Horses are not allowed in Cienega
Creek Natural Preserve, but are allowed on the Arizona Trail.
A permit is required to access the preserve but not to use the
Arizona Trail. Open dawn to dusk. Details: 520-877-6000 (Pima
County). Call (520) 877-6158 for permit information. These permits
From Tucson on eastbound I-10, exit 281 (Sonoita/Patagonia),
turn left to cross I-10 to Marsh Station Road. From westbound I-10,
exit 281, loop exit to Marsh Station Road. Travel northeast on Marsh
Station approximately 3 miles and watch for first lot (trailhead
parking) sign on right.
Park and walk around locked service gate,
following trail. At "Y" bear right and follow trial down
to creek. This is a 10-car lot.
This trailhead is a staging area for
equestrians wishing to access the Arizona Trail.
Three Bridges or the second parking lot is 3
blocks farther up on Marsh Station Road, on the left side and just
before railroad tracks. Parking is allowed on front portion of lot.
Do not go under tressel (railroad property). Road to third lot is
right across Marsh Station Road from second lot and holds
approximately 5 cars.
Note: Lots 2 and 3 are recommended for viewing
and photographing trains only. NRPR cautions against crossing
railroad tracks to enter preserve. Please use lot 1 as main
Vail Access to Cienega Creek
From I-10 east or west, take exit 279
(Vail/Wentworth), head north on Colossal Cave Road approximately 2.6
miles to parking lot on right side just before bridge.