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“Fascinating tour...should be seen in conjunction with San Xavier del Bac”

Tumacacori National Historical Park
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fascinating tour...should be seen in conjunction with San Xavier del Bac”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

This attraction, a scant 5 minutes from Tubac, makes a lovely addition to a visit to the Art Shops of Tubac. The National Park Service is doing a wonderful job of restoration of the mission and out buildings. If the guided tour is available, TAKE IT! Your tour will take about an hour and you will be fascinated throughout that time. The guide was knowledgeable and agreeable. The tour is free and explains much more about the development of the missions and the history of the Spanish in Arizona than you will get from the information distributed about San Xavier del Bac. San Xavier del Bac is deeply related to this site. The guide will explain how they are related. There is a lovely courtyard with a fountain, a cemetary, a museum, a plaza, and an explanatory 15 minute video about the site .

Visited February 2013
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Canton, Ohio
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81 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“I could spend hours here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

I was at Tumacocori earlier this month, and it was a fantastic experience. While we were there, hardly anyone was visiting at all, which made it a very quiet and spiritual experience. The chapel itself was a beautiful remanant of peoples long past. The history of the mission in the area is explained throughout the walking tour brochure; be sure to ask for that at the desk. People literally made their lives at this mission.

I also loved the extensive museum attached. It showcased different tools and lifestyles of the ancient peoples all the way up to the time when the mission was founded.

There's a video that also explains about the mission.

There is a minimal entrance fee, but if you have your senior national parks card, you can get in free with three other people. I think you have to be 62 (someone in our group had one of these).

Enjoy!

Visited January 2013
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Kirtland, Ohio
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290 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Beautiful and Historical Mission Worth the Visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

This is a beautiful mission with a small museum to visit. The history of the Jesuits and Franciscans is very well explained and documented. Yhe grounds are beautiful, and one can get a reral feel for what life was like at this mission. It has a reconstructed Indian home on the grounds. Much of the original mission remains here.

There is also a short movie than one can view before tourning. It is a little slow, but it does impart good information about what life was like at the missions. The self guided booklet is also very helpful if you have never visited this mission.

The staff that work at the entrance and small gift shop are very helpful. There is also an excellent selection of books.

It was great to see that this mission is part of the National Park System.

The entrance fee is only three dollars.

Visited January 2013
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Green Valley, Arizona
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36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great Historical Place to Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

Volunteer guide was extremely knowledgable about the history of the mission as well as the area. We tasted freshly made tortillas as part of an on-site demonstration. Excellent!

Visited April 2012
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El Paso, Texas
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67 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

We were surprised at how nice this was in the middle of nowhere, the volunteers were wonderful and the park is in great shape. Check out the video and grab a guide which will guide you thru the whole park. Great job by the staff here!

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