Tumacacori To Tubac: Anza Day 2013

Anza & Riders Entering Presidio 01

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

Tucson Day Trip 1: Mission Tumacácori To Mission San Xavier

Anza walking behind the Tumacacori Church

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

Anza Day Celebration

Anza Day Speech

Come join the celebration every year which begins at Tumacacori 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

Stables Ranch Grille at Tubac Golf Resort: A Review!

Dos Silos at Tubac Golf Resort.

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

Whipple Observatory: Looking For Answers In A Vast Universe!

Telescope Mt Hopkins

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 Day Trip Through History: The Santa Cruz River Valley

Tucson Convento & Chapel on the West Bank of the Santa Cruz River.

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

Madera Canyon

Bridge at Madera Canyon

Madera Canyon is a recommended side trip when you are in the I-19 corridor visiting the Missions, the Titan Missile Museum, or Tubac Village.The elevation ranges from 5,000-5,500 feet. The area is a birdwatchers paradise with over 250 species identified. This is part of the Coronado National Forest. It’s about … Continue reading

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Tubac Presidio Painting

Tubac is Arizona’s oldest European community. The 1885 furnished schoolhouse, Otero Hall, and Rojas House are all on the National Register of Historic Places. The Park features a small, but fine museum, an underground display of the Presidio ruins, Arizona’s first printing press, a picnic area, school house, church, and the Juan Bautista de Anza Trailhead.

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