Nature

Nature in a Historical Park? Yes!

Tumacácori National Monument (now National Historical Park) was established in 1908 to protect, preserve, and tell the story of the old Spanish and O'odham mission ruins. In 2005, more than 300 acres were added to the park, reuniting the church grounds with a small piece of historical mission property, and placing more than a mile of Santa Cruz River riparian environment, mesquite bosque (forest), and a section of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historical Trail ("Anza Trail") within the park. The park's many environments, both natural and cultivated, make its small area proportionally diverse.

 
 
pink peach blossoms stretching into the distance

Agricultural Landscapes

The heritage orchard and gardens of Tumacácori represent the marriage of nature and culture in the mission system.

mountain in distance with grassland and fence

Natural Features and Ecosystems

From the tops of the mountains to the bed of the river, the natural landscapes of the Santa Cruz River valley are the backdrop of life.

yellow and orange western tanager

Animals

There's a reason Tumacácori is a birding hotspot and home to threatened and endangered species.

shapely mesquite tree in front of church

Trees

Habitat, shade, food, and firewood.

hikers on a trail lined with trees

Hiking the Anza Trail

Tumacácori protects rare riparian habitat and the Anza Trail provides visitors the access to enjoy it!

Last updated: July 4, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 8067
Tumacacori, AZ 85640

Phone:

(520) 377-5060

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