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Tumacacori National Historical Park, Tumacacori

(4.6/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
Tumacácori NHP protects three Spanish colonial mission ruins in southern Arizona: Tumacácori, Guevavi, and Calabazas. The adobe structures are on three sites, with a visitor center at Tumacácori. These missions are among more than twenty established in the Pimería Alta by Father Kino and other Jesuits, and later expanded upon by Franciscan missionaries.
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  • We enjoyed a tour of the facility, which started out with a pretty good video presentation. Staff was great, and the freshly made tortilla with beans and salsa out on the lawn was a special free treat...  more »
  • The tour guide was knowledgable and the history behind the missions/settlement was fascinating. Hard to believe some things survived for hundreds of years. It's great for history buffs and while there...  more »
  • Tumacacori is in some ways similar to Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson, which would make sense since they were both founded as Jesuit missions by the same man. In a lot of ways, I enjoyed Tumacaco...  more »
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  • This is a great example of a National Historic Park. Fairly well preserved architecture with lots of historical significance. Be advised, this is not a full day affair. I couldn't imagine spending more than 90 minutes or maybe 2 hours in the park, maximum. Often they have a woman there demonstrating how tortillas are made, and she'll give you a sample for free. GET YOUR SAMPLE TORTILLA, EAT IT, YOU WILL LOVE IT! The staff were all EXTREMELY helpful and friendly. The 14 minute video isn't exactly the star attraction, but it isn't terrible. The museum is also not the star attraction, but it is fairly informative. The star attraction is the church, and it's well worth it.
  • First of all the location shown by Google is WRONG, the park entry is actually several hundreds of feet north of the location shown on the Google Map.. GPS Tumacácori National Historical Park 1891 Interstate 19 Frontage Rd, Tumacacori-Carmen, AZ 85640 31.568517, -111.050911 Most people do not see all that there is to see, for they do not follow all the trails to the rear areas and the Kiln, farms, trails, and river areas. Additionally, many people do NOT take the time to actually view and read the many historic signs and building details, which is a shame as this is a Historic Site and there is much to learn about our history, why the park exist, and its relationship to the White Dove near Tucson. When leaving the park, one should head north on the frontage road to Tubac, and the State Park there, this park completes the local story of the mission and the people of yesteryear. As a reporter for SeniorCitizenLocalWeb who has documented all three locations I have to recommend that you start at Tumacácori, then go to Tubac, and finish your day at the White Dove, it is an adventure and well worth the time. Share the experience with a friend or family member. The park is part of the NPS, and the NPS passes will work, to those without the NPS pass, you can purchase it there, and if not then the modest $3.00 2014 entry is well worth the price. You can purchase a guide booklet, or 'borrow' one for the few hours you will be there, just remember to return it. There is a small book and gift store when you enter the massive front door and ticket counter. Ask questions, the National Park people there are well informed and helpful. Rest rooms are to the right when exiting to the park grounds, and on many days you can join guided, but privately run, tours. Don't miss the graves and the history of the little child.
  • This is a beautiful, well-kept park with extremely friendly and helpful staff who are truly passionate about the history and science here. Depending on your reason for visiting you can definitely spend more than a few hours in the park. This place is a bird sanctuary and home to a huge array of insects species!
  • I loved the quaint, yet historically - significant, restored ruins of this mission/church, where a wonderful "monk" gave us a fact-filled tour of the mysterious collection of buildings. It was a treasure-trove of complex colors, textures, and shadows for my photography!
  • Yes! Fell asleep in the bathroom.