In 1691, a black-robed priest named Father Kino visited an O'odham village which became known as Tumacácori and started the first Spanish Mission in what is now Arizona. Since then, different people have lived at and visited the site including Native Americans, priests from all over Europe, Spanish settlers, Mexicans, and American pioneers.
You can visit Tumacácori, too!
Visiting Tumacácori is great for kids of all ages. You can explore the park on your own with your group or family. Starting in the museum, you can learn about the mission and its history. You can watch a short video about what life might have been like two hundred years ago.
By far the best way to tour is by doing our Junior Ranger Program, in which you look for pictures while exploring the park.
Did You Know?
The mission name "San Cayetano de Calabazas" means Saint Cajetan of Squash (i.e. gourds, pumpkins) in English.