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Parks and Recreation

Peacock in front of Sahuaro Ranch Park Main HouseSahuaro Ranch Historic Area

9802 N. 59th Ave.
Glendale Arizona 85302
(623) 930-4200
Open: 6 a.m. to sunset

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Preserving one of the Valley’s oldest and most magnificent ranches, the 17-acre Sahuaro Ranch Historic Area features 13 original buildings, a rose garden, barnyard and historic orchards.

Listed on the National Register of Historical Places and known as the “Showplace of the Valley,” the Sahuaro Ranch Historic Area offers activities, exhibits and guided tours—keeping the history of early settlement in the Valley alive. Click here to read about Sahuaro Ranch Park's history.

Our mission is to preserve a historic site where the community participates in the ongoing development of educational and social experiences that connect Glendale residents and visitors to the past and to each other.

(except during the Wild West Festival Oct. 25-27).

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Click here to go to Glendale's History Project featuring links to historic photos of Sahuaro Ranch.

historic areaFree Historic Tours

Historic Main House Museum Tour
Beginning September 1:
Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m.– 2 p.m., Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
Enjoy a trip back in time! Learn about the house built between 1891 and 1898, the history and the people who lived there. For groups of 10+, please call 623-930-4201 for reservations.Closed in August. Click to watch the video tour of the Main House.

Halloween 1930s-Style
October 2 - November 2
Learn how Halloween was celebrated in the 1930s, often considered to be the holiday's golden age. The Main House features typical decorations and activities of the era. Tours are free.  However, from October 25 - 27, there is an admission fee to the Historic Area due to the Wild Western Festival.

Ranch Site Tour
1 p.m., December 5 and 6
Learn about the various buildings, barnyard, trees and groves. Meet at the Main House front porch.

Sustainable Agriculture Tour Videos
Use your smart phone/ tablet to learn about the history of sustainable agricultural while on site or click here to view them. Funded by the Arizona Humanities Council and the Glendale Civic Pride Ambassadors.


  • Entertainment and Vendors Needed for Folk & Heritage Festival!Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival logo
    The Folk & Heritage festival is an annual event celebrating folk music, its history and culture. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22 in 2015. If you have a musical group, perform storytelling, poetry or a cultural program that would be a great fit for this event, you can put in your application as entertainment now. If you would like to be a vendor at the event, just download the application below. Click here to download a postcard promoting the event. To view a video showing selections from the 2013 event, click here.
    Folk & Heritage Entertainment ApplicationWord   PDF
    Folk & Heritage Vendor ApplicationWord  PDF
    Folk & Heritage Non-Profit Vendor ApplicationWord  PDF

  • Join the Rose Garden Deadheaders!Sahuaro Ranch Park Rose Garden
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    Our work days are always the third Friday of the month from 6 to 8 a.m.
    Join us for our work days to socialize and ask rose questions of our certified rosarians.
    Help keep the rose garden looking beautiful! The Rose Garden Deadheaders help keep the rose bushes in the Ranch's historical area looking great throughout the year. This important team of volunteers "deadhead" the bushes, removing the spent blooms. Volunteers can help with any part of the Ranch's rose garden or be assigned to a small part to be responsible for.  Volunteers choose the best time in their schedules to visit the garden and "deadhead." Come to the "meeting" to see what it is all about and have some fun too. This group is part of the Rose Society of Glendale. For more information, contact Laura Hirsch at 602-920-1697 or

  • NEW! Deadheader Volunteer Orientation
    Saturday, November 22, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Fruit Packing Shed
    Become a Deadheader! Join us for a new rose garden volunteer orientation. Participants will learn about the volunteer program, a brief history of the Ranch and garden, and basic rose care. Knowledgeable members of the Rose Society of Glendale will be on hand. Refreshments will be served.

  • Glendale Art Council Juried Fine Arts Exhibition
    Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: All submitted works on display in the Fruit Packing Shed.
    Wednesday, January 14 through Sunday, January 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Juried works on display in the Fruit Packing Shed
    Unique exhibit featuring Arizona artists. FREE ADMISSION!


  • Facility rental opportunities
    Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, with its unique and historical features can be the perfect place to host your next event (some restrictions apply). With multiple venues, indoor and outdoor, your event will be impressive. Our customer-focused staff will make your experience truly memorable. Contact a rental coordinator at 623-930-4202 for more information or to reserve your special date!
  • Be a Volunteer
    Call 623-930-4201 for details. Learn about volunteer opportunities at the Ranch.
  • Educational field trips for schools!
    Select four modules to “Explore History.” Modules include Meet the Blacksmith, Life in the 1930s and Birds of Sahuaro Ranch. For details, call 623-930-4201.

Historical Area Map (click to download)

Map of the Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area

Our Partners

Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association
Participates in tours and events held at Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area. This state- wide organization provides narrated educational units for school tours and individual events held throughout the year. The blacksmithing demonstration is a unique experience, it truly is an Art.

Arizona Beef Council
Participates in two City of Glendale special events and hosts two additional events each year at Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area. This organization brings unique, “live animal” and Arizona ranching experiences to each event.

Arizona Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association
Provides event support for hay rides at large events held at Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area. This organization plans and coordinates an Antique Tractor & Engine Show on the 2nd weekend of February. In addition, provides knowledge and planting/harvesting logistics for farming crops in the Demonstration Field as well as an agricultural education day demonstrating historic farming techniques to grade school students.

The Glendale Arizona Historical Society
The Glendale Arizona Historical Society schedules and coordinates wedding ceremonies in the Rose Garden in addition to managing the Guest House tours and operations. To contact the Historical society office, please call 623-435-0072 or visit

The Rose Society of Glendale
A nonprofit, educational organization affiliated with the American Rose Society. We are a community oriented, family organization for anyone interested in our national floral emblem-The Rose. The Rose Society of Glendale provides an opportunity to share a love of roses by providing information, education and demonstrations at our monthly meetings and various rosey functions throughout the year. Visit our website for meeting and contact information.

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
If you are feeding free-roaming, wild or feral cats you cannot catch, help is available. The Spay and Neuter Hotline (SNH) has a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for feral cats. TNR is the most humane and effective method for stabilizing the feral cat population. Cats are humanely trapped, spayed and neutered, ear-tipped and returned. To sign up for the TNR program, please contact the SNH at 602-265-7729 (SPAY) or email Visit us on-line at

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