Romero History Hike
Oro Valley Historical Society
Friday, October 25, 2019
Registration: Contact Sue Chambasian at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than noon on October 23. Limited to 20 people on a first come, first served basis. All participants must sign an OVHS waiver at the meeting place on October 25.
Hike: Walk several paths in Catalina State Park and hear about the history of the Francisco Romero family. He and his descendants resided in this immediate area between 1869 and 1930. The family had a cattle ranch and orchards in this area.
Leader: Jim Williams has led history hikes and recently researched the Romeros as part of his book, Claiming the Desert.
Time: Meet at 7:30 am at hike starting point
Location: Catalina State Park. Drive through the entrance gate on the main road until you see the sign for “Romero Ruins” on the right side of the road. Park in the lot on the immediate left of the road.
Length of Hike: 3 miles (2-3 hours) Participants can choose to do the first Romero ruins hike, about 1 mile, and then stop. Others can go on a further hike to another Romero site for approximately 2 miles.
Elevation gain: 150 feet
Gear: Wear long pants, hiking boots or athletic shoes, and a hat. Bring water and sunscreen.
Cost: If you have a state park pass, entrance to the Park is free. If not, a maximum of four people can arrive in one car and pay one $7.00 entrance fee. Fee for the hike: a suggested donation of $10 per person to the Historical Society, payable when we meet at the parking lot.