Visiting A Border Area
What Can You Do? Be Safe, Be Aware
The three units of
At the Tumacácori Mission unit, a section of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail lies within park boundaries and extends north to Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, providing visitors with a variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, horseback riding, and wildlife watching.
Visitors should be aware that drug smuggling and illegal immigration occur in this area due to the proximity to the international border.
A few simple steps can help visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience along the Anza Trail:
Do not hike alone. Stay on the official trail.
Be aware of your surroundings and remember that cell phones may not be a reliable method of communication in some areas of the park.
It is possible that you could encounter individuals or groups who have entered the
If you see any activity which appears to be illegal, suspicious, or out of place, do not intervene. Note your location and leave the area immediately. Call 911 or report it to a ranger as quickly as possible.
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.