• Sunlight illuminates the top of historic Mission San José de Tumacácori church.


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  • Anza Trail Impassable in Areas

    Due to a large flood event, sections of the Anza Trail between the mission grounds and Tubac are impassable to both hikers and horses. Visitors may use the trail north to the first river crossing, but travel beyond that point is not recommended.

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    In compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations and Superintendent's Compendium, Tumacácori prohibits pets from all government buildings and the mission grounds. More »

Political Leaders


Politics during mission times, as now, played an important role in how people related to one another. In business, in religion, and in personal relationships, the political leaders could wield great power.

Gabriel Prudhom Butrón y Mujica
He was next to the last Alcalde Mayor of Sonora before the first governor was appointed. He established the Royal Mining Camp of Nuestra Señora de la Limpia Concepción de Agua Caliente in 1735 near the Arizona Ranch owned by Bernardo de Urrea.

Juan de Mendoza
Governor of Sonora, he was wounded in the throat by a Seri arrow near Saracachi, Sonora. He was brought back to Horcasitas and died a few days later on November 27, 1760.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The Santa Cruz River begins in the Patagonia Mountains of southern Arizona, runs south into Mexico, makes a sweeping U-turn and continues north through Sonora, Mexico and Arizona to join the Gila River and eventually the Colorado River which empties into the Gulf of California.