Pima Prickly Park
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT...
Paths: There are several walking loop paths totaling over one mile. They are mostly packed granite and mostly flat. Please be aware of possible rattle snakes, this is a native desert park. No motorized vehicles or scooters allowed in the park except for motorized wheelchairs.
Ramadas: There are three ramadas with two of them having large picnic tables. The paths leading to the ramadas are handicap accessible from the parking lot. For use of the park regarding special activities, please contact Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation at (520) 877-6000. Their offices are located on the north side of the park.
Wildlife: You may be able to see hummingbirds, butterflies, hawks, squirrels, rabbits, roadrunners, lizards, tarantulas, snakes, bobcats, coyotes and various bugs. Please do not feed the wildlife.
Plants: Most of the plants are Cactus and other Succulents but there are plants to attract humming birds and butterflies. See our pages with various featured gardens. When TCSS rescues a special cactus like a crested barrel or crested cholla, we plant it in the park so the public can enjoy it.
Park Brochures: We have a park brochure with a map and park features. You can view it on our web but printed copies are located at the front (River Road) and rear (Camino de la Tierra) entrances and in the ramadas with the picnic tables.
Questions & More Information: There are TCSS volunteers working in the park on Thursday mornings and often at other times. Please stop and say hello and ask them any questions about plants that you may have, they are all very friendly cactophiles. You can also email questions and suggestions to us at Park@TucsonCactus.org.
Water and Restrooms: There are no water fountains or restrooms in the park but facilities can be found in the Office Building during business hours. They have brochures in the lobby featuring all the Pima County Parks.
Pets: Dogs ON A LEASH are welcome. There are bags and trash barrels on site for you to clean up after your pet. Don't forget to bring water!
TCSS has a 15 year Operating Agreement with Pima County for Pima Prickly Park. This will be a collaborative effort involving not only Pima County Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation but many other educational organizations in Southern Arizona.
The TCSS mission is learning, teaching and conservation of cacti and other succulents for the benefit of all our members.
The park is the daily activity center for:
Learning - hands on activities for volunteers as we develop and maintain each garden area of the park. Join one of the garden teams today!
Teaching - regular classes are announced on the Park Events page and volunteers are constantly sharing information as we develop and maintain each garden area of the park.
Conservation - most plants in the 7-acre park are rescued from construction sites where they would have been destroyed.
Park volunteers may just show up at the times noted in the calendar. Typical volunteer work days at the park are Thursday mornings - meeting times vary with the seasons, so check our calendar. For other member volunteer opportunities with TCSS visit our Scheduled Activities page.
For questions about volunteering in the Park, email Park@TucsonCactus.org.
Upcoming Events and Park Work Days
Pictured left to right - some of the regular volunteers
Frank Huebner - part of the special projects team
Dick Wiedhopf - TCSS President
Crystal Cannon - Plant Sale team leader
Linda Heisley - Pima Prickly Park activity directory
Cathy Robson - Propagation (hoop house) manager
Dave Palzkill - part of the special projects team
Vonn Watkins - TCSS VP
See more Photos
The 7 acre park is open to the Public from sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week and is "free of charge".