For Kids

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.

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

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.
Find it on the Calendar for this year!

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:

Last updated: December 30, 2017

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 8067
Tumacacori, AZ 85640


(520) 377-5060

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