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    Historic Hacienda de la Canoa at Raul M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation ParkCanoa Ranch map
    5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road
    Green Valley, AZ
    (520) 724-6680
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    The Raúl M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park comprises 4,800 acres of the original San Ignacio de la Canoa Grant. Hacienda de la Canoa is the name given to the 30-acre ranch headquarters in the 1920s by Levi Manning. People from all periods of time have contributed to the special history of this place.

    Historic Canoa Ranch is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Come out for a tour, an environmental education program such as one of our bird walks or stargazing events, or just sit and enjoy the wildlife at Canoa Lake. You can also take a virtual tour of Historic Canoa Ranch or watch our promotional video. Historic Canoa Ranch welcomes you!

    Conserve Canoa! Your tax-deductible donation helps preserve and restore Historic Canoa Ranch. Click on the “Donations” tab below to learn more.

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    Entry gate is open 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 7 days a week, for Canoa Lake and access to the Anza Trail.

    Open Hours at the ranch are 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays when tours are scheduled, see tour schedule below. Passport stamp available during these times.


    Canoa Calendar

    Visit the calendar

    Events

    Gardens of Canoa Tour

    Reserve a Ramada

    Ramada 1
    Ramada 2
    Ramada 3
    Ramada 4

    Fee is $25 for the full day.
    Reserve Ramada

    Birding

    Historic Canoa Ranch Bird Brochure

    Master Plan and Reports


    Please Note: Some sections of the tour are not ADA accessible at this time. Special arrangements can be made in advance by calling (520) 724-5375 or via email at canoaranch@pima.gov

    If you are unable to make a reservation online, or during business hours 8-5, Monday thru Friday, please show up for the Saturday morning tour and we will accommodate you. 

    Sign up for a tour by clicking the register now button. You can also purchase an Annual Tours and Outdoor Activities Pass to get free or reduced cost for tours and programs.


    Call (520) 724-5375 or email canoaranch@pima.gov for additional information.

    Guided Tours at Canoa

    Tour of Historic Canoa Ranch

    Join a walking tour of the Canoa Ranch headquarters. Visit the historic buildings and corrals and enjoy the special exhibits of the people of Canoa. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. 

    Every Saturday in  June • 8:30-10:00 a.m.
    Every Saturday in July and August • 8:30-10:00 a.m.

    Anza Tour at Historic Canoa Ranch

    Learn about Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza and the group of Spanish colonial settlers who, in 1775, made their first stop at Canoa Ranch as they began an epic 1200-mile journey from Sonora, New Spain to colonize the port of what is now San Francisco. A 5-mile segment of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail extends through Historic Canoa Ranch. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Wednesday, June 12 • 9:00-10:00 a.m.
    Wednesdays, July 10 and August 14 • 9:00-10:00 a.m.
     

    Restoration Tour

    From deteriorating ruins to functional buildings: take a behind-the-scenes tour with Architectural Preservationist Simon Herbert to examine the processes and materials used in the restoration of the structures at Historic Canoa Ranch. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Wednesday, June 26 • 9:00-10:30 a.m.
    Wednesdays, July 24 and August 28 • 9:00-10:30 a.m.

    Gardens of Canoa

    Enjoy a guided tour of the gardens of Historic Canoa Ranch with Raydine Taber from the Green Valley Gardeners. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Wednesday, June 19 • 8:30-10:00 a.m.
    Wednesdays, July 17 and August 21 • 8:30-10:00 a.m.

    Birding Canoa Ranch

    Join birding enthusiast Brian Nicholas to see a wide variety of sparrows, raptors, and the possibility of waterfowl on the pond at Historic Canoa Ranch. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Saturdays June 1, 15, 22, and 29 • 7:00-9:00 a.m.
    Saturdays, August 24 and August 31 • 7:30-9:30 a.m.

    Desert Night Shift

    When most people retreat indoors, our desert comes alive! Join Pima County naturalists on an easy hike to discover “who” is out and about in the desert at night. Learn why many animals, and even some plants, are nocturnal and how they manage life in the dark. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. All ages welcome. Children free. Adults free with Membership, Non-Member Adult $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Saturday, June 22 • 7:30-9:30 p.m.

    Art as a Way of Knowing the Sonoran Desert

    Engage your creativity—draw, paint and write the desert’s story in this progressive mini-course with guided instruction in Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE) methods taught by ABPE pioneer, Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, ecologist and artist. Multiple sessions at three Pima County locations. Visit classes page for program details and online registration. 
    May 1 – June 30 multiple sessions • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    July 7-11 multiple sessions • 8:00-11:00 a.m.

    Art & Science: Ways of Knowing the Sonoran Desert

    Combine art-based practices with Western science methods and other ways of knowing to study the desert’s biodiversity. Guided instruction in Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE) methods taught by ABPE pioneer, Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, ecologist and artist. Multiple sessions at two Pima County locations. Visit classes page for program details and online registration.
    June 1 – June 30 multiple sessions • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    Astronomy Lecture: VERITAS at Historic Canoa Ranch

    Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory - VERITAS measures a star. In April 2019, the VERITAS Collaboration confirmed that they had a new way to measure the smallest stars in the night sky. Hear from our collaborators on the project and what it means for astronomy. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Wednesday, July 10 • 10:00-11:00 a.m.

    Living with Urban Wildlife

    Learn about our local wildlife, their habitat needs, and why they may be attracted to your yard or neighborhood. Discuss ways to design and manage your property to benefit both you and wildlife, and get practical tips for living in harmony with our fellow desert inhabitants. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Tuesdays, July 16 and August 6 • 9:30-11:00 a.m.

    Desert Night Shift

    When most people retreat indoors, our desert comes alive! Join Pima County naturalists on an easy hike to discover “who” is out and about in the desert at night. Learn why many animals, and even some plants, are nocturnal and how they manage life in the dark. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. All ages welcome. Children free. Adults free with Membership, Non-Member Adult $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Saturday, July 20 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.

    Monsoon Mysteries

    Explore the interesting events that occur during the monsoon, including weather phenomena and how plants and animals respond to them. We also discuss the outlook for this year’s monsoon. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Friday, July 26 • 3:30-4:30 p.m.

    Bat Biology Workshop

    Bats are amazing mammals. They are the only mammals capable of flight, are able to capture small insects in flight in total darkness and are very diverse in species, diet, and lifestyle. Join us for an in-depth presentation of these remarkable, but sometimes misunderstood, creatures. We cover bat diversity, echolocation, diet, migration/hibernation, and other facets of bat biology in preparation for our upcoming outdoor bat programs. All ages welcome. $10 with membership. $15 Non-member fee. Online registration required.
    Saturday, July 27 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.

    Family Nature Night at Historic Canoa Ranch

    Pima County and Tucson Audubon Society invite you to an evening of fun for all by the lake at Historic Canoa Ranch. We uncover the mysteries of nighttime nature through play, hands-on and discovery-base activities, crafts and food vendors. Bring a headlamp or flashlight and dress appropriately for the weather. Free, donations encouraged. All ages welcome.
    Friday, August 9 • 6:00-9:00 p.m.

    Astronomy Lecture: Ridge Telescopes at Historic Canoa Ranch

    Hidden beyond the private gates of the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory lies the Ridge telescope. From supernovae to exoplanets, learn what happens on the Ridge. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Wednesday, August 14 • 10:00-11:00 a.m.

    Venomous and Poisonous Animals of Arizona

    Learn about the biology and adaptations of some of Arizona’s amazing creatures including rattlesnakes, scorpions, spiders, Gila monsters, and toads. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Saturday, August 17 • 11:00 a.m.-Noon

    Wondering About the Wild Things

    Naturalist Jeff Babson shares “Frogs and Toads: Night-time Vocalists” in an informative hour-long talk followed by a Q and A session on any nature topic that you may have been wondering about. If the weather is nice we will be outside, feel free to bring a lawn chair. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Friday, August 23 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.

    Anza Exhibit

    Come view our exhibit about the Anza Expedition. Canoa Ranch was a camp site for the Anza Expedition on their journey to San Francisco, CA.
    To learn more about the expedition visit these websites:
    www.nps.gov/juba
    www.anzahistorictrail.org
     Anza Exhibit  Anza Exhibit

    Mexicano Vaquero Families Exhibit

    The Salcido's, the Murrieta's, the Ahumada's and the Grijalva's were just a few of the hard working Mexicano families that lived and worked at Canoa Ranch.
    Mexicano Exhibit   Mexicano Exhibit

    Baca Float #3 Exhibit

    Learn what the Baca Float #3 was and how it effected homesteading families in the area.
    Baca Float Exhibit  Baca Float Exhibit 

    George Redondo Proctor Western Heritage Collection

    Enjoy of the George Redondo Proctor Western Heritage Collection.
    Proctor Exhibit   Proctor Exhibit

    Scotch Farms

    How Scotch Farms played a role in bringing purebred Herefords to Canoa Ranch.
    Scotch Farms Exhibit  Scotch Farms Exhibit 

    Ranching Families and Ranching History

    The Manning's, the Schnaufer's, the Gayler's, and day to day life on the ranch.
    Manning House Exhibit   Manning House Exhibit

    Tools of the Ranch

    See many of the different tools that were used on the ranch.
     Tool Exhibit  Tool Exhibit


    corralsVolunteer Opportunities

    Call 724-5375 or email CanoaRanch@pima.gov for more information.
      

    Tour/Visitor Greeter

    Greeters are stationed inside the heritage area on the days public tours are scheduled. Greeters help visitors sign in for the tours and assist visitors with directions to restrooms and answer other general questions.

    Interpretive Tour Guide

    Volunteer Tour Guides interpret Historic Hacienda de la Canoa’s preserved and restored historic buildings and landscapes, cultural history, and natural resources at Raúl M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park for scheduled groups and the general public.

    Exhibit Stewards

    Stationed in historic buildings, stewards help keep display areas, artifacts, and other ranch memorabilia safe. Stewards are trained on information related to a specific display and are available to answer questions pertaining to a collection.

    Volunteers helping at Canoa Ranch

    Restoration Aide

    Volunteers assist NRPR staff with light restoration/construction work on the buildings inside the historic heritage areas. Projects will include painting, light woodworking, repair and restoration of the corral areas, and other light construction, repair, or maintenance work as needed.

    Landscape Restoration and Maintenance Volunteer

    Volunteers assist NRPR staff with clearing the areas around the historic buildings of unwanted vegetation and establishing and maintaining plantings and trees that are correct for the site. Opportunities are also available to join The Green Valley Gardeners; Jack Davis Jack@greenvalleygardeners.com
    Continuing Restoration WorkPlease help support Canoa Ranch, one of the most historically and culturally significant ranches in Southern Arizona. Monetary donations for Historic Canoa Ranch can be made through Pima County Parklands Foundation at http://pimaparklands.org. You can donate using PayPal or a debit/credit card via this site. Donations are tax-deductible, within the limits of the law. If you would like to make a donation by check, please make check out to Pima County Parklands Foundation with Canoa in the memo line and mail check to:

    Parklands Foundation
    3500 W. River Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85741


    The Parklands Foundation is the ONLY website authorized to accept donations for Historic Canoa Ranch. Currently we’re seeking funds to restore the Tradesman House for a future visitor/story center and gift shop.

    If you have any questions or need more information, please call 520-724-5220 or email mhellon@aol.com

    Please donate now!

    Thank you for your tremendous support!
    Continuing Restoration Work

    Commemorative Tree Program

    Dedicating a tree or group of trees is the perfect way to honor your special person or organization. The first 39 commemorative trees will be planted along the entryway to the Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, the ranch headquarters for Canoa Ranch. The Entryway Grove has the important role of re-establishing the trees that lined the road into Canoa Ranch.

    For more information and the purchase form click here

    tree planting   tree planting

     

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    Canoa Ranch dedication event on March 2, 2013

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