Better known as the Sweetwater ponds, which is a wonderful way to get out of Tucson and see lots and lots of birds, but not have to go too far.
The Sweetwater Wetlands is a water treatment facility, that is, an urban wildlife habitat, an outdoor classroom, and a great outdoor place to hike without having to go too far.
It is much more than a wonderful walk through nature, it is a water treatment facility, one of the most important ways for the city of Tucson to reclaim water.
It also acts as an urban wildlife habitat, a tranquil park for visitors to view native wildlife and yet in an urban setting.
Perhaps most important is that the wetlands act as an outdoor classroom.
Open to the public seven days a week. Gates open one hour before sunrise and close one hour after sunset. To schedule a guided tour, call (520) 791-4331 or e-mail Tucson Water's Public Information / Conservation Office.