"Tumacacori National Historical Park" Arizona Things to Do Tip by KimberlyAnn

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  San Jose de Tumacacori
by KimberlyAnn

Tumacacori National Historic Park preserves three missions, but only San Jose de Tumacacori is open for the public to view on a daily basis. The other two missions, Guevavi and Calabazas can only be visited by reservation and only on Wednesdays, September through April. Your self-guided tour of Tumacacori Mission also includes a small cemetery with a cylindrical mortuary chapel, a grain/food storage area, and a few other ruins. Tumacacori began in 1800 but the final stage was begun in 1823. This mission served the Pima Indians and at one time there were dwellings as well as the church within a walled area. Due to war, Apache attacks, and in 1848 one of the coldest winters on record, this mission was abandoned. We found this mission very interesting even though it is a ruin, rather than a well maintained, still used chapel. It had a lot of character. The visitor center here includes a museum with dioramas and other exhibits, information, and a bookstore. On weekends there are historic craft demonstrations by Native Americans and Mexicans. This park is within easy reach from Tucson, 47 miles north and is open 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Directions: Superintendent, Tumacacori National Historical Park, P.O. Box 67, Tumacacori, AZ 85640, 19 miles north of Nogales on I-19 exit 29.
Phone: (520) 398-2341
Website: http://www.nps.gov/tuma

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 11, 2015
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