Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, located in Tubac, Arizona, USA, preserves the ruins of the Presidio San Ignacio de Tubac and various other buildings, thereby presenting a timeline of human settlement in this Southern Arizona town. The park contains a museum, a number of historic sites, an underground archeology exhibit displaying the excavated foundations of the Tubac Presidio, and a picnic area. Various cultural events are held on-site throughout the year, including Anza Days (October), Los Tubaqueños living history presentations (Sundays from October through March), archeological tours, and nature walks. Until recently, the park was administered by Arizona State Parks and was the first park in the Arizona state park system. As a result of budget cutbacks, the Tubac Presidio was scheduled to be closed in 2010, but was rescued by local residents and is now operated by the Tubac Historical Society and staffed with dedicated volunteers.HistoryAs the Spanish Empire attempted to expand into the frontiers of New Spain, Catholic missions were established throughout modern-day Mexico and the southwestern United States. Of these many churches, one was established at nearby Tumacácori in 1691 and Tubac, then a small Pima Indian village, was set up as a mission farm and ranch. Spanish colonists started to colonize the area in the 1730s; twenty years later the Pimas, led by Luis of Saric, led an uprising against the Spanish in 1751 and the settlement at Tubac was destroyed. A year later, the Pimas surrendered and the Presidio San Ignacio de Tubac was established to protect the town and the surrounding area from further rebellion. Tubac became the first European settlement in what today is the state of Arizona.Our Tubac tourist route planner makes visiting Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and other Tubac attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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Tubac Presidio State Historic Park Reviews
Terry SJuly 13, 2017
The Tubac Presidio had a huge role in Southwest history, and this site and the knowledgeable staff show how it all happened. The excavation, the demonstrations, exhibits and personal contact with the ... more »
Rebel500July 11, 2017
This place brought back so many memories of my college days of being 'on a dig'. All of the displays are very well presented & the museum is very nice !!! Run by docents & their recently established n... more »
rilsatJune 29, 2017
The presidio in Tubac is a real eye opener. So much Arizona history in this first European settlement in the state. The site is beautifully preserved, the small garden a labor of love, the schoolhouse... more »
Pixie GerenJuly 5, 2017
A must see. Beautifully exhibited museum with artifacts ranging from 1600s to 1940. They also offer special programs and have a wonderful gift shop. It is also an archaeological site and has a delightful picnic area.
Andrew WadeJuly 5, 2017
Great staff. Excellent archeological dig exhibit. Small but nice facilities.
Carrie ButtonApril 5, 2017
Though many tourists stop along Tubac's main shopping drag, real explorers continue east to the historic town Presidio where the true treasure lies. A national park that seeks to preserve the original general store, schoolhouse and even a local home to tell the story of the areas origins. The day we were there the blacksmith was on site demonstrating period practices and how life would have been for townspeople. We also got treated to a fantastic tour by a ranger where we saw artifacts from the museum and even got to wear gloves to hold some of the items. The gift shop is a wealth of books and trinkets that promise to delight as a souvenir or gift. Overall this is a fantastic place for tourists and locals alike!
Paul SchulteJune 2, 2017
Probably the best presidio in Arizona. Staff is very friendly and helpful. It is well laid out, but there is a lack of shade for the outdoor exhibits, which are excellent. The museum is nicely prepared and the items well lighted. They also have the first printing press to come to Arizona, with a short documentary explaining how it works. There are several buildings, so make sure you see them all, since the presidio changed over time as the Tucson presidio took over. We did not have the time, but there are several artists and artisan shops lining the street to the Tubac site. When the weather is nicer, they would be great to visit.
Patrick GrahamMarch 7, 2017
Very friendly staff. Interesting local history. Great gift shop.
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