1001 S. Sentinel Peak Road • Tucson AZ 85745
Regional Park • Natural Resource Park • 372.8 acres • Ward 1
Sunrise-30 minutes after sunset
Monday: no vehicle access
Tuesday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-30 minutes after sunset
|Amenities||Historic Site||Tucson Delivers Projects|
|Park Master Plans|
|Interpretive Signs, Local History||Picnic Tables||Ramada|
|Hiking Trails||Benches||No Restrooms|
|Walking Path||Bike Rack|
Sentinel Peak Road
Every day, hundreds of residents and visitors walk, bike, and drive on Sentinel Peak Road - which climbs and encircles Sentinel Peak Park (also known as 'A' Mountain). The City of Tucson launched a survey to better understand how and when our community uses the park.
The City of Tucson developed a survey to hear from community members on issues related to Sentinel Peak Park. The survey was available online from March 2019 to May 2019, in both English and Spanish. In April 2019, volunteers conducted in-person intercept surveys on Sentinel Peak, to ensure that people using the park had a chance to weigh-in. Over 2,900 people took the survey.
Sept. 17, 2019 - The Mayor and Tucson City Council voted to approve a Sentinel Peak Park ("A Mountain") Road Safety Pilot Program that will expand pedestrian and bicycle access while still maintaining vehicular access for the community. On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2019, Mondays became vehicle-free days, meaning cars and trucks are allowed, and the vehicular gate will remain closed. On Tuesdays through Sundays, vehicular gate access hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The decision by Mayor and Council follows significant community discussions, outreach, and data collection facilitated by City officials and City staff working with neighborhood and community groups who have voiced concerns about traffic safety and user behavior at the landmark.
Below this 2,900-foot peak, the Santa Cruz valley was farmed by the Hohokam Indians as early as 800 AD. When the Spaniards arrived in the 17th century, the Hohokam had vanished and settlements of Piman people dotted the valley. One settlement called "Schuk-Shon," meaning "at the foot of the black mountain," was pronounced "Tuk-Son" by the Spaniards. The hill was a lookout for these early Indian and Spanish settlers, who lived in fear of hostile raiders. The white washed stone "A" was constructed by University of Arizona students in 1915.