Upcoming Family Sleepovers
A Night in the Mission (in 1917)
The year is 1917. You and your fellow park ranger recruits will be spending the night as caretakers in the ruined church of Tumacácori. Before you can go to sleep, through, there will be work to do:
- A report has come in of a neighbor's calf loose in the grounds. You'll need to find it and rope it.
Once the work is done, dinner's been eaten, and camp established, everyone can relax around the campfire for songs and s'mores. In the morning, you'll be awarded your badges and cut loose to explore the park further on your own.
How it Works (read this carefully!)
Tumacácori National Historical Park
All other areas of the mission grounds such as the cemetery, ki, orchard or convento are off-limits for camping.
Considerations for all ages
Adults are responsible for modelling excellent behavior and managing younger family members. Consider whether the members of your party are capable of sharing a group experience responsibly while taking care of fragile park resources.
What to Bring:
What Not to Bring
How to Sign Up
Space is limited to 30 participants so early registration is required. Registration fee includes all food, activities, and entrance to the park. Register online at recreation.gov.
Due to Low Participation: Programs require a minimum of 20 participants, maximum of 30. Programs which do not have 20 participants by Sunday midnight prior to the sleepover will be CANCELLED. Your money will be fully refunded, or you may go back into the website to reschedule.
Refunds: A full refund will be given only if the sleepover is cancelled by the park. If tickets are cancelled by the customer prior to Sunday midnight, a $3.00 per ticket transaction fee will be charged. After Sunday midnight, once a tour is confirmed, there will be NO REFUNDS. Please help out! If you are NOT going to use your tickets, call 1-877-444-6777 and cancel them. This will make them available to others who can use them. Your help is greatly appreciated! After Sunday midnight, any remaining seats can be reserved online or by contacting the park at 520-377-5060.
Contact Melanie Rawlins at (520) 377-5064 or call the Visitor Center at (520) 377-5060.
Who Slept at Tumacácori, REALLY?
After the mission was abandoned in 1848, the adobe walls of Tumacácori's church, convento, and cemetery became a waypoint for travellers of all sorts. In fact, the very first recorded image of Tumacácori was sketched into the journal of H.M.T. Powell on his way to California to look for gold. Cowboys, military troops, livestock, and families sought refuge from the desert sun here among the ruins of the mission. Even after its establishment as a national monument in 1908, Tumacácori remained an emergency shelter for locals flooded out of their homes. Early park rangers nearly always slept onsite to keep a close eye on the ruins and be available for work at all hours.
Last updated: June 29, 2018