Family Sleepover

TumacÁCori National Historical Park Tours

The year is 1916 and a group of ranger recruits gather in Tumacácori's picnic area to receive instruction. The agenda includes checking on reports of a cow loose in the mission grounds, locating and documenting archeological artifacts, conducting a night patrol by candle light, and consuming the all-important evening meal. The evening winds down with live music and campfire treats before the recruits curl up on their bedrolls to spend the night under the stars or sheltered by adobe ruins.

The immersive Family Sleepover experience includes period costuming, equipment, and story-telling. Participants sign on to protect the ruined mission church overnight, just like rangers of the nascent National Park Service 100 years ago. Unlike their historic predecessors, however, these campers will depart by 8:30 a.m. having left no evidence of their overnight stay.

Registration first-come, first-served and space will be limited. A $20 charge applies to each adult participation ($10 for children under the age of 16) and includes entrance to the park, dinner, breakfast, and all activities. To learn more about this unique opportunity, call (520) 377-5060 or visit

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