• Sunlight illuminates the top of historic Mission San José de Tumacácori church.

    Tumacácori

    National Historical Park Arizona

Enjoy a Bird Walk at Tumacácori National Historical Park

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Date: February 8, 2013
Contact: Anita Badertscher, (520) 398-2341

Come explore Tumacácori National Historical Park's birding hotspots with park staff. Guided bird walks through the park are presented each Saturday from now through the end of March. The walks leave the Tumacácori Visitor Center at 9 a.m. and may continue until noon if birds are active. The groups will travel on fairly level ground throughout the park's varied habitats. Participants will need to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. While bringing your own binoculars is recommended, the park has several pairs of binoculars available for loan to participants.

The park's lands include rare types of southwestern forest located along the Santa Cruz River. Some bird species found in these and other local habitats are not usually seen in other places in this country, and are part of the reason why visiting southern Arizona is on many birders' bucket lists.

Other tours offered at the park through March include tours of the mission offered daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., tours to the river that highlight human history in the valley on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., and Anza Trail expedition history tours on February 22 and March 29 at 10:30 a.m.

The entrance fee for Tumacácori NationalHistorical Park is $3.00 per person, with no additional charge for participation in the guided tours mentioned above. Interagency Senior, Access, and Annual Passes are accepted.

Tours on Tuesdays to Tumacácori's related historic missions, Guevavi and Calabazas, are the only tours where reservations are required and $20 is charged for the tour to cover transportation costs. For details and registration, visit www.recreation.gov.

For more information about guided walks and special events, call Tumacácori National Historical Park at 520-398-2341, ext. 0, or visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/tuma.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The Santa Cruz River begins in the Patagonia Mountains of southern Arizona, runs south into Mexico, makes a sweeping U-turn and continues north through Sonora, Mexico and Arizona to join the Gila River and eventually the Colorado River which empties into the Gulf of California.