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, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 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, 21, & 28
April 4, 11, 18 & 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.

See more details at Calabasas and Guevavi Tours.

Evening programs and Candlelight tours
Monthly, October through March
Wednesday, October 8, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 22, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 20, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 4, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 14, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Throughout the year, Tumacácori offers evening programs after the normal operating hours. Often these programs include candlelight tours or other guided workshops. Call for details as the topics change each month. 520-377-5060. There is no charge for the tour beyond the normal park entrance fee.

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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