Location

Tubac Presidio Locator Map

Elevation 3,500 feet   Fees

Contact the Park:
(520) 398-2252
Tubac Presidio SHP
One Burruel Street
Tubac, AZ 85646-1296

Facilities

Visitor Center Restrooms Gift Shop Museum Exhibits Group: Day Use Areas Picnic Areas/Shelters Hiking Trails Equestrian Trails Wildlife Viewing

Nearest Services: 1 mile

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511 Speed Code

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Park's Speed Code: 4245#

Fees

Park Entrance Fees:
Adult (14+): $5.00
Youth (7–13): $2.00
Child (0–6): FREE

Fee Schedule

Friends Group

Tubac Historical Society

Event Calendar

MAY EVENTS:

Art Exhibit: The Arizona Cavalcade of History

All Month - The Alan B. Davis Gallery is open with 16 paintings by renowned Western artist William Ahrendt, each depicting a significant event in Arizona’s colorful history. The paintings and their historical narratives were featured as a special 16-part “Cavalcade of History” series in Arizona Highways magazine from 1987 through 1990. Arizona Highways remembers this series as “among the magazine's most remembered illustrations.” The giclées reproductions on canvas were donated to the Tubac Historical Society in memory of longtime Tubac resident and businessman Alan B. Davis. The collection is on permanent display at the Tubac Presidio’s Otero Hall. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

MAY 15: Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period

Fridays, May 15 & 29, 11am-2pm. For the summer months we are adjusting our Old World/New World foods program to focus on 1) the native and imported fruits of New Spain, and 2) how Mexico has developed and enhanced the notion of dessert. The presentations will educate visitors about the origins, nutritional/survival values and the incredible variety of these delectable foodstuffs. Featuring a special display and samples from the Old and New Worlds. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

MAY 21: Documentary Film on Father Kino

Thursday, May 21, 2 pm. Arizona and Sonora are not the only states that venerate Eusebio Francisco Kino, the first European to enter Santa Cruz Valley. During the 300th anniversary of Fr. Kino’s death in 2011, a group of more than 30 people traveled from Italy to Arizona and Sonora to celebrate the life of this remarkable man. Included were family descendants from his hometown of Segno, a delegation of church officials from the Italian Diocese of Trento, and municipal and provincial dignitaries. This Italian contingent created a video documentary of the most important events that took place during the 300th anniversary celebration interwoven with the story of Kino’s life. In recognition of the 49th anniversary of the discovery of Padre Kino’s mortal remains, we will show this film at the Tubac Presidio on Thursday, May 21. We will have special refreshments for the performance! $7.50 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.


JUNE 7 through SEPTEMBER 30: Special Museographic Exhibition: "Cerro de Trincheras Archaeological Site"

Take a journey through the history of Trincheras, from the first settlers to the current protection of the first archaeological site in the State of Sonora. This 20-panel international display was produced and installed by the Sonoran division of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH, National Institute of Anthropology and History), a Mexican federal government bureau established in 1939 to guarantee the research, preservation, protection, and promotion of the prehistoric, archaeological, anthropological, historical, and paleontological heritage of Mexico. Its creation has played a key role in preserving the Mexican cultural heritage. The panels display photographs of artifacts, archaeological features, and reconstructions of what life was like from the Pleistocene to the present. The texts are in Spanish with an English translation available. Jim Griffith considers Trincheras Sonora's most spectacular archaeological site. For four months only, this is an exhibition not to be missed! Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Art Exhibit: The Arizona Cavalcade of History

The Alan B. Davis Gallery is open with 16 paintings by renowned Western artist William Ahrendt, each depicting a significant event in Arizona’s colorful history. The paintings and their historical narratives were featured as a special 16-part “Cavalcade of History” series in Arizona Highways magazine from 1987 through 1990. Arizona Highways remembers this series as “among the magazine's most remembered illustrations.” The giclées reproductions on canvas were donated to the Tubac Historical Society in memory of longtime Tubac resident and businessman Alan B. Davis. The collection is on permanent display at the Tubac Presidio’s Otero Hall. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

JUNE 13 & 27: Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period

Saturdays, June 13 & 27, 11am-2 pm. For the summer months we are adjusting our Old World/New World foods program to focus on 1) the native and imported fruits of New Spain, and 2) how Mexico has developed and enhanced the notion of dessert. The presentations will educate visitors about the origins, nutritional/survival values and the incredible variety of these delectable foodstuffs. Featuring a special display and samples from the Old and New Worlds. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

JUNE 14 & 28: Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

Sundays, June 14 & 28; Saturday, June 20, 11 am-3 pm. Professional printer and teacher James Pagels demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, typesetting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

JUNE 19: Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period

Friday, June 19, 11 am – 2 pm. When the Spanish soldiers and their families settled Tubac in 1752, there was no doctor or surgeon among them. It was the responsibility of the women to treat their family's physical complaints and wounds. Medicine was basic and dependent on herbs and plants known for their healing properties. This living history program features a display of medicinal herbs and plants, and knowledgeable commentary by an herbalist who will tell visitors how these plants were used by “curanderas” (healers) to treat illness and injuries. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

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