Tumacácori National Historic Park

Tumacácori National Historic Park information

Location
South of Tucson , USA
Address
I-19 exit 29
Telephone
+1 520 398 2341
More information
www.nps.gov/tuma
Prices
adult/child 15yr & under $3/free
Opening hours
9am-5pm
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Three miles south of Tubac, this pink-and-cream edifice shimmers in the desert like a conquistador's dream. In 1691 Father Eusebio Kino and his cohorts arrived at the Tumacácori settlement and quickly founded a mission to convert the local Native Americans. However, repeated Apache raids and the harsh winter of 1848 drove the priests out, leaving the complex to crumble for decades. For self-guided tours of the hauntingly beautiful ruins (ask for the free booklet) start at the visitor center, which also has a few exhibits.

Wander through the cool church and its alcoves and the thorny gravesites. An impressive mass is held here on Christmas Eve. Check the website for dates and times for river walks (Jan-Mar) and bird walks (Feb-Mar).