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  • Horseback, wagon rides on tap at Historic Canoa Ranch Heritage Fair

    Feb 28, 2020 | Read More News
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    Take a horseback or wagon ride, soak up some Western history and enjoy mariachi music at the spring Heritage Fair at Historic Canoa Ranch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7. 

    The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR). Fees are required for the horseback and wagon rides. The ranch is located at 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, exit 56 off of Interstate 19.
    Trail rides
    Horseback rides along the historic Anza Trail, the same trail Col. Juan Bautista de Anza took on his expedition from Tubac to what is now San Francisco, begin March 6 and continue through March 8. Rates are $30 for a half hour, $50 for an hour or $65 for a 90-minute sunset ride at 5 p.m. 

    Find the full schedule of activities here

    Families who grew up on the ranch will be in from around the country for the fair. They’re gathering for a private luncheon on March 6 to reminisce and tour the property, lake and a new Cienega. 

    A newly updated Canoa cookbook: Recuerdos y Recetas;  Memories & Recipes of the Mexicano Families of Rancho de la Canoa, will be on sale. And, for the first time, fair organizers will be selling Canoa T-shirts and notecards. 

    Volunteers will be stationed in the buildings housing permanent exhibits to help visitors navigate the history and stories of Canoa. Vendors, food trucks, lectures, music and dancing also are on tap. 

    In 2001, Pima County purchased and began to restore the 4,800-acre Canoa Ranch complex with voter-approved 1997 and 2004 bond funds. Pima County opened the ranch headquarters to the public in March 2013. It is named for Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva, who was raised at the ranch and championed its preservation.