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

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.

Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period

Saturdays, 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.

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

Sundays, 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.

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.


JULY EVENTS

Download the July Calendar of Events HERE (PDF Document 130 KB PDF)

AOT Visitor Center Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting

Thursday, July 9, 4:30 – 6pm. Join us to celebrate Tubac’s own official “Arizona Local Visitor Information Center” located at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. This is the culmination of a joint effort by the Tubac Chamber of Commerce and the Presidio to have an official visitor center for the Village. The Presidio is ideally suited to fill this role as its Visitor Center and restrooms meet ADA requirements and it is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm.
The new Visitor Center not only keeps rack cards for any local business that wishes to display them, but also rack cards from each of Arizona’s five tourism regions, the state Visitor’s Guide and Arizona state map.  Special refreshments will be served in our various exhibit spaces throughout the Park to entice locals who have not seen our improvements to do so.  This is a free event, but please call 520-398-2252 to reserve a space.

Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period

Saturdays, July 11 & 25, 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.

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

Sundays, July 12 & 26, and Saturday, July 18, 11am.-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, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. Included with park admission $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. 

Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period

Friday, July 17, 11am.-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. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. 


AUGUST EVENTS

Meet the Neighbors: Living with Desert Wildlife

Thursday, August 6, 10:30am. As Sonoran Desert dwellers, we have the privilege of living in close proximity to many plants and animals that may be unfamiliar or even scary. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum program featuring live animals will teach us about the living habits and ecological roles of tarantulas, snakes, bats, bobcats, coyotes, raptors and more. They will dispel some myths and offer practical guidance to accentuate the positive and minimize the negative encounters with your wild neighbors.  Come to the Presidio and get up close to some of these wild creatures so you too can be a good neighbor.  Call 520-398-2252 for your reservation today. $10 fee includes park admission.

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

Saturday, August 15, Sunday, August 23, and Saturday, August 29, 11am.-3pm. 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, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. 

Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period

Saturday, August 15, 10am.-1pm. 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.

Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period

Friday, August 21, 11am.-2pm. 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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