Visiting a Border Area
The three units of Tumacácori National Historical Park all lie within 20 miles of the United States / Mexico border. 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 US illegally walking through the park. People in distress may ask for food, water, or other assistance. It is recommended that you do not make contact. Make note of your location. Call 911 or report it to a ranger as quickly as possible.
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.