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Sunday, April 24, the final day of this year's National Park Week, has been designated "National ParkRx Day." A national movement, the ParkRx program encourages health care professionals to prescribe healthy activity in public lands, and individuals to spend time visiting public lands and reaping the health benefits of nature. Parks and other public lands are free or low-cost resources, providing excellent areas to exercise, recreate, and play. Additionally, parks provide people with exposure to nature, which has been scientifically shown to improve mental, physical, social, and emotional health.
In celebration of National Park Week, the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, and ParkRx Day, Tumacácori National Historical Park is teaming up with Tubac Presidio State Historic Park to sponsor a second "Park-to-Park Hike" opportunity along the 4 mile stretch of Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail between the two parks. The young and young at heart may choose to participate in a special Junior Ranger activity during their hike, to become an Anza Trail Junior Ranger.
This portion of the Anza Trail is mostly flat and shady. Wear good walking shoes, dress for the weather, carry snacks and plenty of water.
Entrance fees will be waived at both parks during the event, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. A free shuttle will deliver hikers from their car to the opposite end of the trail to start their hike, or return them to their car following their hike. The free shuttle will be available from8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
For more information, call Tumacácori National Historical Park at 520-377-5060, or visit the park website atnps.gov/tuma.