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Contact: Anita Badertscher, 520-377-5063
After fourteen years at its current rate, the cost of a visit to Tumacácori National Historical Park is about to go up, by $2 per person. Beginning July 1, 2015, the park will increase entrance fees for visitors in order to help fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the park. The cost of an individual visit will increase from $3 to $5 per person, while the park’s Tumacácori - specific Annual Pass will increase in price from $10 to $20. The popular national Interagency Senior and Annual Passes will not increase from their current prices ($10 and $80).
“This modest increase in fees will allow us to continue to protect, preserve and share this special place with current visitors and future generations,” said Tumacácori Superintendent Bob Love. “After carefully considering the impact of a fee increase on visitors and community members, we came to the conclusion that this is the right course of action to improve facilities and services important to visitors.”
At Tumacácori, 100% of entrance fee and pass sales stay in the park to fund a variety of projects. Past fee revenue has supported a wide range of projects to enhance and improve the park and visitor experiences, including new museum exhibits, construction of accessible walkways throughout the mission grounds, and the preservation and stabilization of historic structures. Increased fee revenue is expected to help fund additional preservation work, improve trail conditions along the Anza Trail, and replace old, outdated interpretive signs within Tumacácori’s mission grounds.
In the winter of 2014/2015, the National Park Service conducted a nationwide review of entrance fees. To solicit public input, Tumacácori launched a civic engagement campaign in December 2014. During the public comment period the park received strong positive support of the proposed increase from community organizations, County Supervisors, and on-line commenters.