Stewarding the natural and cultural resources of the Cienega Watershed of Southeastern Arizona.

Explore the Watershed

The Cienega Watershed of Southeastern Arizona is the basin bounded by the Whetstone Mountains to the east, the Santa Rita Mountains to the west, the Canelo Hills to the south, and the Rincon Mountains to the north. The upper elevations of the watershed include oak and ponderosa pine forests while lower elevations are comprised of magnificent saguaros, desert scrub, rolling grasslands, oak-studded hills, and the lush riparian corridor along Cienega Creek. Water drains from these mountains toward the Cienega Creek Valley.

Mustang Mountains during monsoon

© Michael McNulty /

The watershed forms a vital wildlife corridor connecting the diverse ecosystems of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts and grasslands with the Sierra Madrean and Rocky Mountain forests and woodlands. Cienega Creek is one of the few remaining perennial streams in Arizona, providing critical habitat especially for threatened and endangered species.

Explore the Cienega Watershed:

What is the Watershed?

An overview of the diverse and important Cienega Watershed.

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Take a Tour!

Take a drive and explore this oasis in the Sonoran Desert.

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Cienega Watershed Maps

Maps showing Cienega Watershed boundaries, region, and more.

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Watershed History

Understanding the watershed through interactive timeline and oral histories.

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State of the Watershed

Resources for gauging the health of the Cienega Watershed.

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Living in the Watershed

What makes the watershed special and how to protect it.

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Cienega Watershed Library

Discover the watershed through presentations and publications.

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Photo Galleries

View Cienega Watershed and CWP photos in an array of galleries.

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