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    Historic Hacienda de la Canoa at Raul M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation ParkCanoa Ranch map
    5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road
    Green Valley, AZ
    (520) 724-5220
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    The Raúl M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park comprises 4,800 acres of the original San Ignacio de la Canoa Grant. Hacienda de la Canoa is the name given to the 30-acre ranch headquarters in the 1920s by Levi Manning. People from all periods of time have contributed to the special history of this place.

    Historic Canoa Ranch is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. We offer tours of the ranch on Tuesdays and Saturdays. We also offer additional environmental education programs such as bird walks and stargazing. Take a virtual tour of Historic Canoa Ranch. Watch our promotional video. Come visit Historic Canoa Ranch.

    Entry gate is open 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 7 days a week, for Canoa Lake and access to the Anza Trail.

    Open Hours at the ranch are 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays when tours are scheduled, see tour schedule below. Passport stamp available during these times.


    Canoa Calendar

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    Events

    Stargazing at Canoa Ranch December 14th has been cancelled due to cloudy conditions
    Holiday Trot with Antique Horses Exhibit

    Birding

    Historic Canoa Ranch Bird Brochure

    ArticlesPond to restore birding, wildlife to Historic Canoa Ranch

    Reserve a Ramada

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    Fee is $25 for the full day.
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    Master Plan and Reports

    Master Plan and other reports


    Entry gate is open 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 7 days a week, for Canoa Lake and access to the Anza Trail.

    Open Hours at the ranch are 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays, when tours are scheduled. Ranch is closed on county holidays.

    Please Note: Some sections of the tour are not ADA accessible at this time. Special arrangements can be made in advance by calling (520) 724-5220 or via email at canoaranch@pima.gov

    If you are unable to make a reservation online, or during business hours 8-5, Monday thru Friday, please show up for the Saturday morning tour and we will accommodate you. 

    Sign up for a tour by clicking this register now button:  


    Call (520) 724-5220 or email canoaranch@pima.gov for additional information.

    Tour of Historic Canoa Ranch

    Guided Tours at CanoaJoin a walking tour of the Canoa Ranch headquarters to gain insights into the fascinating stories of the people that lived and worked on the ranch. Visit the historic ranch buildings and corrals and enjoy scenic views of the Santa Cruz River Valley. Reservations required. 

    Tuesday, December 18 • 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Saturdays, December 15, 22, 29 • 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Saturdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26 • 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (January 12, 11:00 a.m. only)
    Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29 • 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Saturdays, February 2, 9, 23 • 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
    Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26 • 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Anza Tour at Historic Canoa Ranch

    Learn about Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza and the group of Spanish colonial settlers who made their first stop at Canoa Ranch in 1775 as they began an epic 1200-mile journey from Sonora, New Spain to colonize the port of what is now San Francisco. A 5-mile segment of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail extends through Historic Canoa Ranch. All ages welcome. Reservations required.
    Wednesday, December 19 • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
    Wednesdays, January 9 and 23 • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
    Wednesdays, February 6 and 20 • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
     

    Restoration Tour

    Architectural preservationist Simon Herbert discusses the processes and materials used for the rehabilitation of the structures at Historic Hacienda de la Canoa as he leads this behind-the-scenes tour. Learn about the work that has transformed the structures from deteriorating ruins to functional buildings. Reservations required.
    Wednesday, January 23 • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    Wednesday, February 20 • 10:30-11:30 a.m.

    Birding Canoa Ranch

    Join birding expert Brian Nicholas to see a wide variety of sparrows, raptors, and the possibility of waterfowl on the newly restored pond at Historic Canoa Ranch. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Saturdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26 • 8:30-10:30 a.m.
    Saturdays, February 2, 9, 23 • 8:30-10:30 a.m. 

    Stargazing

    The Sonora Astronomical Society volunteers set up telescopes for celestial viewing and provide an introduction to the night sky. Come before dark for a presentation by Whipple Observatory. Bring your flashlight and lawn chair. Weather permitting. All ages welcome. $5 suggested donation.
    Friday, January 11 • Presentation 5:00-6:00 p.m.; Stargazing 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Friday, February 8 • Presentation 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Stargazing 6:30-8:30 p.m.


    Anza Exhibit

    Come view our exhibit about the Anza Expedition. Canoa Ranch was a camp site for the Anza Expedition on their journey to San Francisco, CA.
    To learn more about the expedition visit these websites:
    www.nps.gov/juba
    www.anzahistorictrail.org
     Anza Exhibit  Anza Exhibit

    Mexicano Vaquero Families Exhibit

    The Salcido's, the Murrieta's, the Ahumada's and the Grijalva's were just a few of the hard working Mexicano families that lived and worked at Canoa Ranch.
    Mexicano Exhibit   Mexicano Exhibit

    Baca Float #3 Exhibit

    Learn what the Baca Float #3 was and how it effected homesteading families in the area.
    Baca Float Exhibit  Baca Float Exhibit 

    George Redondo Proctor Western Heritage Collection

    Enjoy of the George Redondo Proctor Western Heritage Collection.
    Proctor Exhibit   Proctor Exhibit

    Scotch Farms

    How Scotch Farms played a role in bringing purebred Herefords to Canoa Ranch.
    Scotch Farms Exhibit  Scotch Farms Exhibit 

    Ranching Families and Ranching History

    The Manning's, the Schnaufer's, the Gayler's, and day to day life on the ranch.
    Manning House Exhibit   Manning House Exhibit

    Tools of the Ranch

    See many of the different tools that were used on the ranch.
     Tool Exhibit  Tool Exhibit


    corralsVolunteer Opportunities

    Call 724-5220 or email CanoaRanch@pima.gov for more information.
      

    Tour/Visitor Greeter

    Greeters are stationed inside the heritage area on the days public tours are scheduled. Greeters help visitors sign in for the tours and assist visitors with directions to restrooms and answer other general questions.

    Interpretive Tour Guide

    Volunteer Tour Guides interpret Historic Hacienda de la Canoa’s preserved and restored historic buildings and landscapes, cultural history, and natural resources at Raúl M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park for scheduled groups and the general public.

    Exhibit Stewards

    Stationed in historic buildings, stewards help keep display areas, artifacts, and other ranch memorabilia safe. Stewards are trained on information related to a specific display and are available to answer questions pertaining to a collection.

    Volunteers helping at Canoa Ranch

    Restoration Aide

    Volunteers assist NRPR staff with light restoration/construction work on the buildings inside the historic heritage areas. Projects will include painting, light woodworking, repair and restoration of the corral areas, and other light construction, repair, or maintenance work as needed.

    Landscape Restoration and Maintenance Volunteer

    Volunteers assist NRPR staff with clearing the areas around the historic buildings of unwanted vegetation and establishing and maintaining plantings and trees that are correct for the site. Opportunities are also available to join The Green Valley Gardeners; Jack Davis Jack@greenvalleygardeners.com
    Continuing Restoration WorkCanoa Ranch is one of the most historically and culturally significant ranches in Southern Arizona. In 2001, Pima County purchased and began restoring the 4,800-acre complex with voter-approved 1997 and 2004 bond funds. Restorative work on the ranch is ongoing and we rely on the generous donations made by donors who believe in the value of conservation and preservation of cultural and natural resources.

    Monetary donations (tax deductible) can be made to the Canoa Ranch Conservation Fund by making checks out to: Pima County Treasurer and include Canoa Ranch Conservation Fund in memo line. Checks can be mailed to:

    Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation
    3500 W. River Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85741

    Credit Card donations can be done over the phone by
    Continuing Restoration Workcalling 520-724-5220.

    Donations of period appropriate artifacts for display at the ranch are most welcome.

    Commemorative Tree Program

    Dedicating a tree or group of trees is the perfect way to honor your special person or organization. The first 39 commemorative trees will be planted along the entryway to the Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, the ranch headquarters for Canoa Ranch. The Entryway Grove has the important role of re-establishing the trees that lined the road into Canoa Ranch.

    For more information and the purchase form click here

    tree planting   tree planting

     

    Video Galleries

    Raul M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park
    Canoa Ranch 1 minute promo
    Canoa Ranch dedication event on March 2, 2013

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    Tucson, AZ 85741

    (520) 724-5000


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