- Tumacácori National Historical Park tells the story of the first Europeans who came to southern Arizona and of the native people who lived here then. It is a dramatic story from any perspective: at stake was not only basic survival but hearts and minds. And yet even then, each new day brought birdsong and breakfast to native, priest, settler, and soldier alike. All changed bit by bit as the days unfolded, until a vigorous new culture blending elements from ristras to rosaries was born.
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Mission at Tumacacori NHP
Visitors appreciate this special place for the opportunity to tour the mission church, cemetery and outlying structures and grounds in a peaceful and quiet atmosphere reminiscent of the period in which they were established. Photographers especially enjoy the earth colors and shadows of the mission buildings. The mission courtyard and garden just off the visitor center provide a peaceful, quiet place to relax and reflect. Many bird species are seen at the mission due to its proximity to the Santa Cruz river. A short quarter mile hike to the river could be rewarding to bird watching enthusiasts.
Recreation - Tumacácori National Historical Park is an easy park to walk around. The Visitor Center and Museum are located next to the parking area. Rest rooms, drinking fountains and picnic tables are available in the park. Self-guiding walks lead through the garden, church, and museum. Ranger guided tours may be arranged at the front desk. For large groups, guided tours must be scheduled ahead of time. Tours last approximately 40 to 60 minutes.
The Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail runs just north of the park, along the Santa Cruz River, between Tumacacori and the old presidio at Tubac. The trail is 4.5 miles long and crosses the river 3 times. There are no roads within the park. A series of trails, totaling less than a quarter mile, guide the visitor to the parks historic resources. Guided tours are given daily during the winter months. Living history tours depicting life during the Franciscan period are given with advanced scheduling only. During the winter you will also see local and Mexican artisans demonstrate traditional crafts like tortilla and paper flower making, pottery, reverse glass painting, and Tohono O'odham basket weaving.
Although there is no camping allowed on the monument, there are several private and state campgrounds in the surrounding area. See their web page for details.
Climate - Temperatures can reach 100 degrees or more from May to September. Wear light, comfortable clothes, hat, sunglasses, and comfortable walking shoes. During monsoon season (June - September) bring an umbrella.
Tumacácori National Historical Park is located at Exit 29 on I-19, 45 miles south of Tucson and 19 miles north of Nogales and the International border.