|Entry to Tumacacori National Historical Park.|
Tumacacori is considered the Mission to the Pimas. Made of adobe, plaster and wood, "these ruins evoke tales of life and land transformed by cultures meeting and mixing."
|Small guided group tour at 2 p.m. (Julianne G. Crane)|
Visitors to Tumacácori enter the park through the visitor center (above), staffed by very gracious National Park Service employees and volunteers. The museum and bookstore provide a wealth of information, including a 15-minute video (started at any time by the push of a button). A self-guiding tour book can be borrowed in the bookstore. On the day we were there, a park volunteer led a walking tour of the mission and grounds.
The mission, itself is fascinating. Father Kino established Mission San José de Tumacácori in January 1691, one day before Guevavi, making it the oldest mission site in what is now Arizona.
|Mission, bell tower. (Julianne G. Crane)|
|Inside mission shows details of construction.|
If you go:
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, when the park is closed.
Entrance fee: $3 per person, age 16 or older, and is valid for seven days. Free to those with America the Beautiful or Golden Age passes.
Directions: Tumacácori National Historical Park is located off of Exit 29 of I-19, 50 miles south of Tucson and 18 miles north of Nogales, Arizona. The Visitor Center and Museum are located at 1891 East Frontage Road, Tumacacori, Arizona, 85640. (You can't miss it.)
And, to make your drive to here even more worthwhile, the post on two other places nearby where you might want to pull your RV off the interstate for a look-see, click here for information on the Santa Cruz Chili and Taumacacori Outpost.
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