Cultural Historic Sites
Tubac Precidio State Park
Tumacácori National Historical Park
Tumacácori NHP is located in the historic Pimería Alta (Land of the Upper Pimas), which includes much of southern Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico. The ruins of three Spanish colonial missions are protected here: Tumacácori, Guevavi and Calabazas. These missions are among more than twenty established in the region by Father Kino and other Jesuits, which were expanded by Franciscan missionaries.
- The San José de Tumacácori Mission
- Established in 1691, this is the oldest mission in Arizona. For many years it was a visita (visiting station) of the Guevavi mission. After the Pima rebellion of 1751, the mission was moved to its present site and renamed San José de Tumacácori.
- The Los Santos Ángeles de Guevavi Mission
- Fathers Kino and Salvatierra established this mission and named it San Gabriel de Guevavi. Subsequent missionaries called it San Rafael and San Miguel, resulting in its common historical name of Los Santos Ángeles de Guevavi.
- The San Cayetano de Calabazas Mission
- Father Francisco Xavier Pauer established this mission in 1756. Construction of its church was half complete in 1761, but it would be another 12 years until the entire mission was fully functional in 1773.
Tumacácori National Historical Park is located four miles away from our world-class resort. For more information visit www.nps.gov/tuma.
Tubac Center of the Arts
Tubac Center of the Arts is a non-profit community center that fosters the creativity of artistic talent throughout the surrounding region. Located one mile from our world-class resort, the center features three galleries with over 3,500 square feet of exhibit space, a performance stage, art library, gallery shop and office space. For more information visit www.tubacarts.org.
Pimeria Alta Museum
The first Spaniard set foot in the Santa Cruz Valley in 1539, decades before the first settlement at Jamestown or the Mayflower landing. Father Kino eventually named this land Pimería Alta for the Pima Indians. Throughout the centuries this historic region has seen an array of cultures clash over its lands. In 1948 the Pimeria Alta Historical Society was created to preserve, protect, and promote its past through tours, lectures and special exhibits. The museum is located 30 minutes south of our world-class resort. For more information visit www.nogaleshistory.com
Titan Missile Museum
For nearly 40 years the United States and Soviet Union engaged in an unprecedented arms race during the Cold War. Both nations built massive missile sites aimed at the other country that could be launched in seconds. The largest of these intercontinental missiles was the Titan II. Now decommissioned, Titan Missile Museum allows visitors to get an up-close look at an unarmed Titan II rocket, its three-ton blast doors and eight-foot thick silo walls. The museum is located 30 minutes north of our world-class resort. For more information visit www.titanmissilemuseum.org.
ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center
Located 30 minutes north of our world-class resort, the ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center allows visitors to learn about copper and the mining industry. Featuring an award-winning exhibit center, mine tours, video theater, exhibits, cactus garden and picnic area, the center is free to tour—you’ll even get to stand at the edge of an open-pit mine! For more information visit www.asarco.com.