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 America’s founders were busy plotting independence from England on the eastern seaboard of North America, a relatively unknown Spaniard led about 240 immigrants and a thousand head of stock on a 1200 mile journey from the mission at Tumacacori in Southern Arizona to a little-known natural bay in Northern California. It was an audacious, some say ludicrous, venture. Amazingly, all of the immigrants survived what had to be one of the most difficult migrations in history. In 1776, they established El Presidio Real de San Francisco; aka The Royal Fortress of Saint Francis. A Catholic mission soon followed, as did … Continue reading
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
(August 2013) Recently I was given a tour of the historic Tubac Golf Resort. Years ago, Ms. Karen & I had played golf here on the original 18 holes. Now they have 27 holes & one of the best practice ranges in Southern Arizona. Kevin Costner filmed a portion of the 1996 movie, “Tin Cup” here. Over the years we stopped in occasionally for a meal at Stables Ranch Grille (see our review here). But we had never stayed overnight. That may change soon. Tubac Golf Resort is a beautiful, spacious high-desert property with 98 Spanish-style guest rooms & suites set on an historic Spanish land grant (1789) with every modern amenity & service one would expect in a world-class resort. In addition to the championship course, here you have a luxury spa & salon; boutique shops; a mission-style wedding chapel; conference space & business centers; state-of-the-art fitness center; Jacuzzi … Continue reading
If you’re looking for Tubac Lodging, we recommend Poston House Inn. It is a wonderful Bed & Breakfast for many reasons. First, and most important, innkeepers Mary & Don, are terrific … personable, professional, knowledgeable, & helpful. Secondly, they have created a pleasant & comfortable place for travelers to stay. The list of amenities is impressive: Beautifully furnished & appointed rooms, some with patios. All with private entries & baths. Mexican tile bathrooms with all modern plumbing (i.e., the place is historic but everything works as it should). Plush towels. Spacious, enjoyable common areas, including pools, both soaking & swimming. And if you want a workout, they have two endless swimming pool machines for those who want a good cardio workout. The large courtyard even includes an outdoor kitchen. For more privacy, there is a separate garden lounge. Queen beds with fine linens. WiFi; & HDTV, of course. Paths that … 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 in the day, we would be standing in one of the horse stables on the Otero family’s cattle ranch. Around here there’s lots of things “Otero”: Otero Road; Otero Hall; etc. In 1691, Father Kino established a mission at Tumacácori 4 miles south of here on the Santa Cruz River. One mile south is the Village of Tubac, also on the Santa Cruz & once a Pima Indian* village that was colonized by the Spanish in the early 1700’s. (* Some Pimas were called Papago Indians by the Spanish, essentially “bean eaters”. Now they are known as Tohono O’odham: Desert People, … 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.
Video tour of a Cold War Bunker, housing the Titan II Missile, the only one of its kind left.Continue reading
Each October the park hosts a commemorative Mass inside the Tumacácori mission church in conjunction with Tubac Presidio State Historic Park’s annual Anza Day celebration.Continue reading
Mission tours leave from the Visitor Center garden and last approximately 45 minutes. Guided tours of two other missions normally closed to the public can be reserved.Continue reading
In this third video featuring Tumacacori National Park a park Ranger speaks about the Mortuary Chapel and Cemetery behind the church. The Church and Grounds have been and are currently being lovingly restored with new walkways and stucco restoration.Continue reading