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Authentic Saguaro Fruit Harvest Weekend

Authentic Saguaro Fruit Harvest Weekend:

June 28-30, 2019


Don’t miss this exclusive experience: an authentic Saguaro Fruit Harvest Weekend, a series of culturally and geographically unique activities at the Sonoran Desert Inn, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and the Ajo Scenic Loop.

Guests will participate in an authentic saguaro fruit harvest, waking up with the sun and harvesting saguaro fruit using traditional kukuipad, long poles made of cactus ribs.

Harvesting on National Monument land is generally forbidden - this is a rare opportunity to do so with a Native American guide, Lorraine Eiler of the Tohono O’odham Nation. After the harvest, Eiler will lead guests in a cooking workshop, where they will learn the process of turning saguaro fruit into syrup.

On the first night of the weekend, she will give a campfire lecture about the cultural and historical importance of the saguaro harvest.

The total cost is $407 per person for a private room and $345 per person for a shared room. This all-inclusive price reflects hotel accommodations, meals, happy hour drinks, lectures, tours, workshops, and harvest activities.

Space is limited so book your weekend package online (instructions below) or call 520-373-0804 today!


Online booking instructions:

If booking for one person, one room

  1. Select dates 6/28-6/30

  2. Select number of adults (1)

  3. Click “Search”

  4. Select “one room” for Saguaro Weekend -Single Occupancy

  5. Select “one guest”

  6. Click “Next Step”

  7. Fill in all information and go to payment

If booking for two people, one room

Select dates 6/28-6/30

  1. Select number of adults (2)

  2. Click “Search”

  3. Select “one room” for Saguaro Weekend -Double Occupancy

  4. Select “two guest”

  5. Click “Next Step”

  6. Fill in all information and go to payment

If booking for multiple rooms and multiple guest, follow the above steps, adding the correct number of rooms and subsequent guests in each room. Call our front office at 520-373-0804 if you have any questions.

Weekend Activities Include:



•Make ku’ipad ( strong, light pole made of saguaro ribs used in traditional saguaro fruit harvests)

•Happy hour

• Dinner with authentic Native ingredients

• Harvest History lecture with Tohono O'odham Nation Members



•Saguaro harvest at Organ Pipe National Monument with Tohono O'odham guide


• Saguaro syrup making workshop and Cemeit (tortilla) making demonstration with Native guides

•Happy hour

• Dinner with authentic Native ingredients

• Campfire and language lecture with Tohono O'odham Nation Members


• Optional second saguaro harvest

• Breakfast

•Historical and cultural tour of Ajo

• Lunch

• Departure

All details are subject to change, check back for updates and full itinerary.

Later Event: August 13
Summer Closure