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

    Tumacácori

    National Historical Park Arizona

Things To Do

two visitors walk toward front of church

Visitors explore the mission grounds.

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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.

 
man wading through river crossing

Some parts of the Anza trail are more rustic than others.

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Anza Trail

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.

 
crowd of visitors listening to costumed interpreter in front of remnant adobe walls

Visitors explore the remote and seldom-visited Guevavi site with a living history interpreter

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Calabazas and Guevavi Mission Tours
Tour Reservation Required & Fee

During the winter months, special tours are offered to two other 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. For current information, please visit Guided Tours.

 
brightly costumed folklorico dancer holds skirt in hands

Traditional dances, music, and food are just part of the annual Fiesta.

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Special Events

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.

Search our Schedule of Events if you know when you'll be visiting or browse Special Events to plan ahead for your next trip.

Did You Know?

Soldado de Cuera

Soldiers of New Spain's frontier who protected the missions were known as soldados de cuera, or "soldiers of the leather jacket."