Things To Do
Tumacácori Mission Grounds
Visitors to Tumacácori enter the park through the Visitor Center. Staffed by National Park Service employees and volunteers, the museum and bookstore provide orientation and a wealth of information. A fourteen-minute video is available, started at any time by the push of a button.
A self-guiding tour book for the Tumacácori Mission grounds can be purchased or borrowed in the bookstore. Guided tours led by a park ranger or volunteer are available at some times of the year.
Children of all ages enjoy participating in the park's Junior Ranger program during their visit.
Weekends in the fall and Wednesday through Sunday in the winter and spring, you may encounter a cultural demonstrator on the grounds. This is a great opportunity to sample traditional foods or learn traditional craft techniques.
Allow one to two hours for plenty of time to tour both the mission grounds and the museum. All areas are accessible by paved foot paths. A wheelchair is available for loan in the Visitor Center. There are no roads in the park.
The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail passes through the park, providing opportunities for walkers, bird watchers, and horseback riders.
Download the Anza Trail Tumacácori to Tubac site bulletin (.pdf, 312kb) for a detailed map, safety information, and historic context.
Calabazas and Guevavi Mission Tours
All year-round, the park hosts a number of special events. Many, like the two-day Fiesta de Tumacácori, have over 40 years of tradition behind them and some may be brand new this year.
Did You Know?
Soldiers of New Spain's frontier who protected the missions were known as soldados de cuera, or "soldiers of the leather jacket."