Hi. I’m Jim Gressinger, travel writer, photographer, and publisher of Southern Arizona Guide. I am pleased to be your tour guide to the most beautiful and historic places in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Southern Arizona Guide offers themed tours, usually twice or three times a month. See tour descriptions and … Continue reading
Southern Arizona Guide Presents The Santa Cruz River Valley Tour Join us Tuesday, September 8, 2015 for a pleasant day trip through the Santa Cruz River Valley and discover its rich history, cultural heritage, unique landscape, and distinctive foods. Your guide for the day will be Jim Gressinger, travel writer, … Continue reading
October 19, 2013 Every October, the dedicated Park Rangers at Mission Tumacacori National Historical Park and the volunteers & staff at El Presidio de Tubac, the first Arizona State Park, put on one fine reenactment of the Juan Batista de Anza Expedition: known today at Anza Day. In 1775, when … Continue reading
Tubac, The Missions, The Titan Missile Museum, The Mineral Discovery Museum and more! There are two historically important missions south of Tucson just off I-19: Missions San Xavier del Bac and Tumacácori. (pron: san ha’-vee-air and too-ma-ca’-cor-ee) “Bac” was the Papago Indian name for the site. The Papago Indians are … Continue reading
Come join the celebration every year which begins at Tumacácori and follows the Anza trail to Tubac. Watch this video we took of the festivities in 2011. Visit our page on Things to do in Tubac. Take a Day trip from Tucson to the Missions and beyond. … Continue reading
A slideshow of Mission San Xavier del Bac, the “White Dove of the Desert”. The church has been lovingly restored and still offers mass.Continue reading
Summer 2013 – Neighbor Roy & I enter Stables Ranch Grille at Tubac Golf Resort with just enough local historical knowledge to be dangerous. Once past the thick mesquite front door we are walking on a cobblestone floor that is well over 200 years old. Had we been here back … Continue reading
The Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) is the largest field installation of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) outside Cambridge, MA. Since October 1968, the FLWO has been used as the site for experiments requiring extremely dark skies, dry climate, and good “optical seeing.” The Whipple Observatory Visitor Center is less than … Continue reading
A Brief History Of The Santa Cruz River Valley From Tucson South To The Mexican Border. Here you will find the Spanish missions and presidios (forts) of the Pimeria Alta, Land of the Upper Pimas. Today, Interstate 19 makes traveling this 70-mile section of Arizona history an easy day trip. … Continue reading
The road from Amado to Arivaca winds through rolling, mesquite-covered hills. It’s obviously very popular with cyclists, motor and otherwise.
Just before we arrived in town, we came to the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge where, by appointment, we met and interviewed Richard Conway, a local geologist and Mary Scott, a seasoned birdwatcher and wildlife photographer.