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    mapThe Raul M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park
    5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road
    Green Valley, AZ
    (520) 724-6680
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    Entry gate is open 6:00 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 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays when tours are scheduled, see tour schedule below. Passport stamp available during these times.

    The Raúl M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park comprises 4,800 acres of the original San Ignacio de la Canoa Grant. Historic Canoa Ranch is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. View a virtual tour of Historic Canoa Ranch.

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    Reserve a Ramada

    Ramada 1   Ramada 2   Ramada 3   Ramada 4

    Fee is $25 for the full day. Reserve Ramada

    Special Events

    Heritage Fair - March 7
    Antique and Vintage Fair - March 21
    Country Market - October to April

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    What's Going On at Canoa

    Read about the latest construction happenings

    Please Note: Some sections of the tour are not ADA accessible at this time. Special arrangements can be made in advance by calling (520) 724-5375 or via email at canoaranch@pima.gov or for any other additional information.

    Sign up for a tour by clicking the register now button. You can also purchase an Annual Tours and Outdoor Activities Pass to get free or reduced cost for tours and programs. How to set up an account in Active Net.

    Guided Tours at Canoa


    Tour of Historic Canoa Ranch

    Join a walking tour of the Canoa Ranch headquarters. Visit the historic buildings and corrals and enjoy the special exhibits of the people of Canoa. All ages welcome. $5 fee. Online registration required.

    Every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday in February • 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday in March (except March 7 and 21) • 9:30-11:00 a.m.
    Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday in April • 9:30-11:00 a.m.

    Anza Tour at Historic Canoa Ranch

    Learn about Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza and the group of Spanish colonial settlers who, in 1775, made their first stop at Canoa Ranch as they began an epic 1200-mile journey from Sonora, New Spain to colonize the port of what is now San Francisco. All ages welcome. $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Wednesdays, March 11 and April 8 • 10:00-11:00 a.m.

    Gardens of Canoa

    Enjoy a guided tour of the gardens of Historic Canoa Ranch with Raydine Taber from the Green Valley Gardeners. All ages welcome.$5 fee. Online registration required.
    Wednesdays, March 18 and April 15 • 10:00-11:30 a.m.

    Outdoor Activities

    Birding Canoa Ranch

    Join birding enthusiast Brian Nicholas to see a wide variety of sparrows, raptors, and waterfowl on the pond at Historic Canoa Ranch. All ages welcome. $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Every Saturday in February • 8:30-10:30 a.m.
    Every Saturday in March and April • 8:00-10:00 a.m.

    Hawk Migration Week at Canoa Ranch

    Stop by the lake at Historic Canoa Ranch to join bird enthusiast Brian Nicholas as we watch for migrating raptors including Common Black Hawks, whose migration in Arizona reaches its peak in mid-March. Canoa Ranch offers superb panoramic views making it a perfect location for spotting migrating hawks. All ages welcome. Registration not required. Donations accepted.
    Daily Thursday, March 12-Monday, March 16 • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    Stargazing at Historic Canoa Ranch

    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. All ages welcome. Registration not required. $5 suggested donation. Weather permitting.
    Friday, March 20 • Presentation 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Stargazing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    Friday, April 24 • Presentation 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Stargazing 7:30-9:30 p.m.

    Wondering About the Wild Things

    Naturalist Jeff Babson gives a short talk followed by a Q and A session on any nature subject that crosses your mind. Please bring a lawn chair. All ages welcome. $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Southern Arizona’s Spring Wildflowers: Friday, March 27 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Rattlesnakes – Amazing Serpents: Friday, April 10 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Anza Trail Hike

    Explore a 2 to 3-mile section of the Anza Trail during an easy level interpretive hike and discover the cultural and natural history of the Santa Cruz River Valley. Following the hike there will be an optional tour of the historic Canoa Ranch headquarters. Ages 12 and up. $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Friday, April 3 • 8:00-11:00 a.m.

    Songs and Calls: The Language of Birds

    Birds are famous for the wide variety of vocalizations that they utter. This workshop explores the songs and calls of birds, their purposes, differences between songs and calls, and approaches to recognizing them. Ages 12 and up. $15 fee. Online registration required.
    Wednesday, April 15 • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 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:
     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

    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

    Continuing Restoration WorkPlease help support Canoa Ranch, one of the most historically and culturally significant ranches in Southern Arizona. Monetary donations for Historic Canoa Ranch can be made through Pima County Parklands Foundation at http://pimaparklands.org. You can donate using PayPal or a debit/credit card via this site. Donations are tax-deductible, within the limits of the law. If you would like to make a donation by check, please make check out to Pima County Parklands Foundation with Canoa in the memo line and mail check to:

    Parklands Foundation
    3500 W. River Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85741

    The Parklands Foundation is the ONLY website authorized to accept donations for Historic Canoa Ranch. Currently we’re seeking funds to restore the Tradesman House for a future visitor/story center and gift shop.

    If you have any questions or need more information, please call 520-724-5220 or email mhellon@aol.com

    Please donate now!

    Thank you for your tremendous support!
    Continuing Restoration Work

    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


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