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A Mission that struggled to survive

Check out the museum and the short film regarding the site. Although it was never completed, it is... read more

Reviewed October 1, 2019
WC-Travelers-75
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West Chester, PA
Worth the time

My wife and I visited the historical park on our way across the country. It’s 50 miles south of... read more

Reviewed September 17, 2019
Fred B
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San Clemente, California
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Reviewed January 3, 2015

Unlike the Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tumacacori is essentially a partially restored mission/church built in the 1750’s. And despite the fact that there’s not much to see inside the mission church (beautiful wood-beam ceiling though), the structure itself, along with the funerary tower, supply/storage shelter, and the nunnery/living area, is quite beautiful. Be sure to make a stop and look at the excellent exhibit (with diorama, information plaques, models, and artifacts of items used at the time) at the visitor center. There’s an entrance fee to visit the park; “free” if you have the America the Beautiful Pass. You can either take a guided-tour, or borrow a brochure that explains the various structures in this small park and explore on your own. Also, this is a handicapped accessible park.

How to get there: From Tucson, head south on I-19 and take exit #29 (Tumacacori / Carmen exit). At the end of the exit ramp left. Finally, turn left again on I-19 Frontage Road and the park is on your right.

Date of experience: October 2014
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Reviewed December 16, 2014

There's a brief video that explains the history of the mission and Southern Arizona. Then you can take a self-tour. It was late afternoon, quiet and lovely. The ruins are stable, but have not been "updated". There is also a small museum. Definitely worth a visit. The paths are not paved, but there are ramps for wheelchairs and strollers. The gift shop has chocolate, jellies, and other foods typical of the area.

Date of experience: December 2014
Thank Janet L
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Reviewed December 2, 2014

What a gem this place is!
Guided by an absolutely first class volunteer docent Bob Perry (he is the one to not ask for, but demand ! he's brilliant !) - we took steps back in time to follow the rise and ultimate decline of this very interesting mission church. The guide brought the whole place to life, pointed out all sorts of interesting bits and bobs that, without elucidation would mean very little to the average tourist. Well worth going to visit, not only for the historical aspects but also because it really is a very pretty little part of Southern Arizona.

Date of experience: November 2014
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Reviewed November 23, 2014

This small National Historical Park is a true gem. The National Park Service staff are friendly and incredibly enthusiastic about their small corner of history. Since the place was abandoned before it was fully complete, one is left with more of a feeling as too how difficult it must have been for the Catholic Missionaries in 17th century as well as the native peoples they were trying to "save" . Walking the grounds and thinking about what it must have been like to live out here in 1690 with no air conditioning, miles from nowhere and under constant fear of attack from roaming gangs of Apaches was awe inspiring. The experience is well outside of the usual stereotype of the history of the South West and well worth the stop

Date of experience: November 2014
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Reviewed November 21, 2014

This National Historic Park is a well preserved piece of our nation's history. There is a minimal fee, (we were free with our free 'National Park Pass' for 60+ citizens).
Despite missions being a form of ideological and political imperialism they are an important foundation of how the modern day southwest was formed. The tour has a 14 minute video talking about the basic history of the mission and then from there you can tour the different buildings and even the cemetery.
There is also a small museum that has life size figures of monks (which is always a little creepy) as well as artifacts of both the mission and local tribes. For all you history buffs and readers this place also has books on the Basque population, Native Americans and the different missions in the area.
It is about an hour drive South from Tucson, AZ, but well worth spending the day in the area, which also has a large artisanal shopping village in Tubac, AZ as well as many wonderful restaurants, including Minerva's and Wisdom's Cafe and a large Spice Shop. Exploring the area is WELL WORTH the drive......

http://www.nps.gov/tuma/index.htm

Date of experience: November 2014
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