• 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.

  • Pet Policy

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

Velvet Mesquite

Velvet mesquite, Prosopis velutina

The name "Velvet mesquite" refers to the fine hairs found at the base of leaves and at the tips of small branches and new growth.

Velvet mesquite tree on Tumacácori Mission grounds
Velvet mesquite tree on Tumacácori Mission grounds
Photo by Anita Badertscher
Velvet mesquite leaf
Velvet mesquite leaf
Photo by Steve Baskauf
Velvet mesquite flowers
Velvet mesquite flowers
photo courtesy of Tarleton University
Velvet mesquite pods
Mesquite bean pods
Photo courtesy of Tarleton University

Did You Know?

Small Pox Epidemic

Small pox and measles epidemics on numerous occasions killed far more people than all the Apache wars combined.