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.
In compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations and Superintendent's Compendium, Tumacácori prohibits pets from all government buildings and the mission grounds. More »
Reburial Of Two Tumacácori Franciscans
Two Franciscans, Baltazar Carrillo and Narciso Gutiérrez. who served the Tumacácori Mission and were instrumental in starting the construction of the present church that still stands at Tumacácori National Historical Park, both died before it was completed. Each was buried beneath the floor of the Jesuit church that was in use in their day. When the new Franciscan church was finally completed, the bodies of both missionaries were disenterred by Padre Ramón Liberós and reburied beneath the steps of the new church. In 1935 their bodies were once again disenterred and taken for reburial at the San Xavier Mission, where they still lie in rest today, the thinking being that it would be a more sacred burial place there where 60,000 visitors to the National Historical Park would not be walking across their graves. The superintendent of Tumacácori National Monument at the time told the following story:
Bodies of Franciscan Priests Reburied
On the morning of February 21, 1935, at 8:00 a.m. at the Mission of San José de Tumacácori mass was said by Rev. Francis Bree over the mortal remains of two pioneer Franciscan priests who long ago trod the desert valleys of this region working among the Indians. Following this brief mass the remains of Padre Baltazar Carillo and Padre Narciso Gutiérrez were escorted by three National Park Service men over the long 40-mile trek from San José de Tumacácori to San Xavier del Bac near Tucson, Arizona. Many times had these padres made the long trip by foot or horseback but that day they were taken over the same route to their last resting place.
To learn more about these two priests, visit Mission 2000 then search for either the name Baltazar Carrillo or Narciso Gutiérrez and follow the blue ID numbers. To return to Franciscan Missionaries, click (here).
Did You Know?
Construction of the Franciscan church at Tumacácori took place from about 1800 through the early 1820s. Due to lack of funds, the plans for the structure not only had to be modified, the building was never finished.