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

    Tumacácori

    National Historical Park Arizona

National Park Week 2014

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Date: April 16, 2014
Contact: Anita Badertscher, 520-377-5063

Tumacácori National Historical Park, along with all 400 other national park sites nationwide, will celebrate National Park Week April 19-27. Entrance fees will be waived on Saturday April 19th and Sunday, April 20th with an additional 15% discount on purchase items in the park bookstore offered by the Western National Parks Association.

The theme for this year's National Park Week invites visitors to "Go Wild" for history, nature, culture, wildlife, and fun in America's national parks. Additional information, including a list of National Park Week events nationwide can be found online at www.nationalparkweek.org.

"National Park Week is a great time to discover the diverse wildlife, iconic landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history found in our national parks," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.  "Every park offers a different experience so I invite everyone to join the celebration and get to know a park."

"Our National Park System has something for everyone and we invite people everywhere to join us and go wild for the history, nature, beauty, fun, and culture in our national parks," said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation.  "We are proud to support the work of our partners at the National Park Service and to present this annual celebration that highlights all that our national parks have to offer."

Using the resources on the National Park Week website, visitors can plan park experiences based on their specific interests. A calendar of events at go.nps.gov/npweek2014 includes many special National Park Week programs for the public. Young visitors can take part in family-friendly activities and be sworn in as junior rangers at many parks. Visitors using the website can also share national park photos, videos, and tips, and learn about all the ways to help support national parks all year.

National Park Week also offers many opportunities for the public to explore local parks, trails, and architectural gems sustained by National Park Service programs such as the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program and the National Register of Historic Places.

Did You Know?

Mountains above Rancho Arizona

Arizona takes its name from a ranch of the same name, meaning "the good oak tree" in Basque, established by Bernardo de Urrea in 1735 in the rugged, mountain country about forty miles southwest of Tumacácori.