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


    National Historical Park Arizona

Guided Tours

Rangers and volunteers can share hidden meanings behind some of the park's features.
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Self-Guided Tours
"In the Footprints of the Past," a self-guided booklet, is available for loan or purchase in the visitor center.

The "Junior Ranger Seek and Find" serves as a self-guided tour for kids of all ages and their families. Kids travel through the park looking for what is shown in each photo, and when they find it, they read about it. Upon completion of the tour and return to the visitor center, kids earn their Tumacácori Junior Ranger Badge.

Tours of Tumacácori Mission Church and Grounds
January through March
Daily, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Tours begin at the visitor center and last approximately 45 minutes. When staffing permits, tours are also given on the hour between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. during the winter season and may also be available at other times of the day and year: call, or inquire at the visitor center information desk.

Anza Trail River Walks
January through March
1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Explore the natural and cultural history of the Santa Cruz River Valley. These guided tours to the Santa Cruz River begin at the visitor center. The 1/2 mile round-trip River Walks last approximately one hour. The trail is flat and easy to walk. Conditions may be muddy after rain. Participants will need comfortable walking shoes and water. There is no charge for the tour beyond the normal park entrance fee.

Bird Walks
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (or longer, as birds are active)
October 11, 18, 25
January 10 & 24
February 14 & 28
March 14 & 28
April 11 & 25
Come explore Tumacácori National Historical Park's birding hotspots with park staff. The groups will travel on fairly level ground throughout the park's varied habitats. Participants will need to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. While bringing your own binoculars is recommended, the park has several pairs of binoculars available for loan to participants. There is no charge for the tour beyond the normal park entrance fee.

Calabazas and Guevavi Missions Tour
Reservation Required - $25 Fee
January - March
2nd and 4th Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Special tours are offered to two missions historically associated with Tumacácori, Los Santos Ángeles de Guevavi and San Cayetano de Calabazas.Their fragile ruins, protected by the National Park Service, are normally closed to the public and can be visited only as part of these special reserved tours.

All Calabazas / Guevavi missions tours require a minimum booking of nine persons before they will actually go. Participants will be notified if the their tour has been cancelled due to a lack of bookings. Maximum participants per tour is twelve persons.

Important Things to Know:

  • You will need water, snacks, clothing appropriate for the weather, and comfortable walking shoes. No food or water is available. There is no shade or shelter along the trails. You must be prepared for the weather.
  • There will be one restroom stop midway through the tour.
  • The Calabazas and Guevavi missions tours are not wheelchair accessible. Participants must be able to walk on hills and rough trails, and to stand and walk for up to an hour at a time. There is no seating other than in the van while traveling between sites.
  • $25 - Fee charged for the Guevavi / Calabazas missions tours. The price includes the park entrance fee and transportation via 15-passenger van. These tours are led by a ranger or volunteer and do not include living history.
  • Participation on these tours is by advanced reservation only. To make reservations and purchase tour passes go to Recreation.gov.

For more tour information, please call the park at 520-377-5060.

Special Reserved Tours and Programs
Special tours, school programs, and special interest talks may also available by advanced request.

For further information about these offerings, please call the park at 520-377-5060.

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