Kids & Youth

Kids use traditional tools in the shade of a ramada on the mission grounds.

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Imagine and Experience

In 1691, a black-robed priest named Father Kino visited an O'odham village which became known as Tumacácori and started the first Spanish Mission in what is now Arizona.

Since then, different people have lived at and visited the site, including Native Americans, priests from all over Europe, Spanish settlers, Mexicans, and American pioneers.

You can visit Tumacácori, too!


All 4th graders can visit public lands for free this year as part of the White House's new Every Kid in a Park program. Starting September 1, 4th grade students can go to to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.

boy putting mud in adobe form
Participants learn all about adobe, practice making adobe bricks, and then help the park preserve real adobe buildings.

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Join the Mud Rangers!

Are you a middle school student in Nogales, Rio Rico, or nearby area? Are you on spring break this March? Don't sit at home watching TV, join the Mud Rangers of Tumacácori National Historical Park! You'll learn cool stuff, have fun, and earn 15 hours of community service while you're at it.


Session A: Wednesday, March 9 - Friday, March 11
Session B: Wednesday, March 23 - Friday, March 25

8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day. Bring a lunch, water bottle, and clothes for getting muddy. (It's in the name!)

Space is limited. Call 520-377-5064 or email for more information or download the Mud Rangers application to sign up. Rolling applications are due March 7 but accepted first-come, first-served.

group of students near river
Stewardship projects like testing water quality or monitoring habitat may be included in Junior Ranger Day.

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Junior Ranger Day

Upcoming Junior Ranger Day: April 16, 2016

Junior Ranger Day is a special event designed especially for our young visitors. Held annually during National Park Week, it's an opportunity for families to visit the park with kids of all ages. Entrance to the park is free, and visitors should expect a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations throughout the mission grounds and along the Santa Cruz River.

Thwack!  A young visitor takes a swing at the Fiesta piñata.

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There are lots of fun Things To Do, but some are extra special for our youngest visitors to Tumacácori:

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 8067
Tumacacori, AZ 85640


(520) 377-5060

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