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

Annual Events

OCTOBER 2014:

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Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

Sunday, October 19, 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, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. Included with park admission, $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

 

Presentation: Bug Basics by Peter Warren

Thursday, October 23, 2 pm
With the addition of our new Ethnobotanic Garden, we’ve had quite a time trying to control our bugs. Time for experts! Join Peter Warren for an introduction to the world of insects and their relatives with some emphasis on understanding how to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Insects are an under-appreciated group of animals and Peter will tell us about their benefits as well. Peter Warren is the Urban Horticulture
Agent for the Pima County Cooperative Extension at the University of Arizona. He works with homeowners, landscape professionals, and urban farmers to promote integrated management practices for horticulture in the Sonoran Desert. $7.50 fee includes admission to the Park.


Natural History: Ethnobotanic Exploration Garden

Saturday, October 25, Noon to 2 pm
Join a knowledgeable volunteer for a walk through the Presidio’s brand new collection of plants and hear about their rich history, including a heritage orchard, creosote bed (considered by some to be the oldest living thing on earth), and ethnobotanic exploration garden. See and learn about wolfberry, desert willow, sages, yuccas, agaves, Apache plume, and many more. We are delighted to share how traditional
knowledge and customs have helped indigenous people and early settlers use these remarkable plants in medical, nutritional or artisan ways to cope in our often challenging desert environment. Many plants are still used today by local folks in various medicinal or culinary ways. Included with park admission. $5 adult,
$2 youth 7-13, children free.


Book Event – Southern Arizona Cemeteries, by Jane Eppinga

Saturday, October 25, 2 pm
In any quest to understand an area as diverse as Arizona, there is no better way than taking a journey to the grave sites of its pioneers and observing the style whereby they made their journey from this world. Join writer Jane Eppinga for a tour of sites as simple as a cross or a shrine by the side of a road or as large as Tucson’s Evergreen Cemetery, or as culturally rich as our own Tubac Cementery [sic]. We’ll hear about the graves of governors, sheriffs, gunfighters, business owners, soldiers, schoolteachers, sports figures, madams, miners, and many others from all walks of life. Jane’s book has images of the deceased and brief bios are included where possible. The epitaphs, symbols, and expressions of grief on the graves provide insightful glimpses into Arizona’s pioneer past. $7.50 fee includes admission to the Park.


Walking Tours of Tubac's Art History

Sunday, October 26, 11 am – 1 pm
Learn why Tubac is the town where "Art and History Meet." Join Nancy Valentine to discover where Tubac's first artists worked and hear stories of their creative lives. The tour ends at the Tubac Center of the Arts where you will view the work of Tubac’s artists and enjoy light refreshments. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Allow 2 hours for the tour and bring walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. $15 fee includes
admission to tour the Tubac Presidio Park and the Tubac Center of the Arts. Tour limited to 10 people; reservations, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org


Historical Re-Enactors bring to life the history of southern Arizona.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2014:

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Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period

Saturdays, November 1 & November 29, 11 am-2 pm
A knowledgeable volunteer dressed in period clothing describes the combination of native and introduced foods enjoyed by the Spanish soldiers and civilians who lived in Tubac during the Spanish Colonial period (1752-1776). Featuring a special display of the bounty of foods from the Old World, New World and surrounding desert used by Tubac cooks, plus cooking demos with samples. Included with park admission, $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.


Book Event: The Otero Arizona Land Grant Documentary by Diana DeLugan

Saturday, November 1, 2 pm
Historian and Otero descendant Diana DeLugan will discuss and sign copies of her book that chronicles Arizona's first recorded title to land. In 1789, commander of the Tubac Presidio Nicolas de la Erran granted Don Torivio de Otero a house lot near the Tubac Presidio and a ranch, currently the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa Resort. The book is The Otero: Arizona Land Grant Documentary, and in it, Diana examines court records and government archives that demonstrate how Otero descendants overcame drought, squatters, and Indian raids to justify their claim to land to both Mexican and American governments. $7.50 fee includes admission to the Park.

Tubac Presidio Day of the Dead Promo Image
Día de los Muertos Day of the Dead Celebration (All Souls Day)

Sunday, November 2, 11 am-4 pm
Join us on the grounds of the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park to celebrate Día de los Muertos in a refreshing Tubac way from 11am to 4pm. You may delight in face painting and decorating sugar and/or clay skulls, view an exhibition of ofrendas made by local kids, enjoy displays by Tubac artists and merchants, eat scrumptious food, and revel in rousing Mexican and American music played by the Rio Rico High School Band. Dancing encouraged! In addition, we will deliver a multi-media presentation in the 1885 schoolhouse, detailing the colorful multicultural origins of Día, as well as Días’ modern impact on the United States, giving special attention to the music and zany sense of
humor in Día traditions. Our presenters will be Russ and Blyth Carpenter, and Zandra Pardi, who brought us the very successful “Splendid Music of Mexico” last April. The presentation will be given at 1 PM. Our Día celebration will conclude with a parade led by the band! Participants are encouraged to come in costume and bring placards of loved ones to memorialize in the parade. $7.50 adult, $2.00 youth (7-13), except youngsters who bring ofrendas are free. All children (younger than 7) are free. Download Event Poster (PDF Document 460 KB PDF)

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations:

Tuesday, November 4, Thursday, November 6, Thursday, November 13, Tuesday, November 18 from 9am to 1pm and Saturday, November 29 from 11am to 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.


Presentation: USS Arizona and Its Nogales Connections

Tuesday, November 11, 2pm
Axel Holm
information to come


Walking Tours of Old Town Tubac:

Fridays, November 14 & 21, 10 am – 12 noon
Guided tours of the “Old Town” section of Tubac with Alice Keene, Fridays from mid-November through March 2014. Explore the original adobe buildings and discover the rich heritage of Arizona’s first European settlement. Learn about early Native American inhabitants, Spanish explorers, mining booms, Apache attacks, kidnappings, duels and other episodes in Tubac’s colorful past. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Allow 2 hours for the tour and bring walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Park. Tour limited to 20; reservations, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org.


Chocolate! 1000 Years and Counting

Fridays, November 14 & 28, 2014 from 11am to 2pm
Come discover the rich history of chocolate in the Southwest. Taste a cacao bean, learn how the Mayans and pre-Columbian Native Americans prepared their chocolate, and sample the energy drink that fueled the 1774 and 1775 Anza expeditions from Tubac to Alta California. Included with park admission $5 adult, $2 youth, children free.


Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert Series: Gerry O’Beirne in Concert

Friday, November 14, 7 pm
Gerry O’Beirne is a renowned singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who provides an exuberant and lyrical sound that’s full of warmth. He grew up in County Clare, Ireland, and is credited with writing some of the best new tunes to come out of Ireland’s Celtic music scene. Join us for an incredible evening of world-class music. Tickets $18 adults, 14 and under free. Seating is limited; please call 520-398-2252 to reserve your tickets.


Presentation: The Incredible Survival of Larcena Pennington Page, Arizona Pioneer by Doug Hamilton and Ray McKnight

Saturday, November 15, 2 pm
Larcena Pennington Page’s ordeal is certainly one of the greatest survival stories ever told. Twenty-three years old and newly married, she and her 10 year old companion Mercedes Sais Quiroz were kidnapped by Apaches not far from Tubac at their Madera Canyon campsite. After a forced march of 15 miles over the mountains, Larcena could no longer keep up with her captors. They attacked her with lances, pushed her into a ravine and left her for dead. She regained consciousness and began a 15 day heroic struggle back to her husband’s camp. In this illustrated talk, Doug and Ray will take us
to the site where Larcena was abandoned, then retrace parts of her survival route using archival photos taken by her son-in-law, Dr. Robert Forbes, and also discuss what later became of her and Mercedes. $7.50 fee includes admission to the Park. Please call 398-2252 to reserve a place.


Presentation: “When No One Had a Camera: The Tully and Ochoa Wagon Train Fight” by Jay Van Orden

Sunday, November 16, 2 pm
This is the story behind Edward Zinn’s eye-witness 28 x 54 inch oil painting of an Indian attack on the Tully & Ochoa Company’s 80-mule, nine wagon train. On May 11, 1869 the teamsters left Tucson for Camp Grant. The next day they encountered a group of Apaches on a hill in Cañon del Oro. The leader shouted, “Leave the wagons and you can go”. The wagonmaster shouted back, “You can have the wagons when we can no longer hold them”. What happened next? Come and enjoy an exciting story of the Old West told in vivid detail by Jay Van Orden, Arizona Historical Society’s director of field
services. $7.50 fee includes admission to the Park. Please call 398- 2252 to reserve a place.


Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site

Thursday, November 20 and Friday, November 28, 10 am – 12 noon
Special tour by local experts of the Spanish colonial archaeological site just south of the Park which preserves the remains of the original Tubac town site, including residence foundations, plaza area, refuse area and partial irrigation ditch. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Tour involves a walk of about 1-1/4 miles. The Archaeological Conservancy protects this site and participants are asked to sign 'An Acknowledgement of Risk Factors' before entering. Wear walking shoes, sunscreen and hat. $10 fee
includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 15; reservations encouraged, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org.


Excursion to Pennington Stone House on the Santa Fe Ranch

Saturday, November 22, 10 am - 2 pm
Join us for a carpool trip from the Tubac Presidio to the Santa Fe Ranch where we will see the original Pennington Stone House, built overlooking the Santa Cruz River by Elias Pennington in the 1850s for his large family. Afterward we will enjoy a picnic in the garden of the Sedgwick hacienda. Shirley Pinkerton will tell the story of Larcena Pennington and her amazing life before we carpool back to the Tubac Presidio. $20 fee includes lunch and contributions to the Santa Fe Ranch Foundation and Tubac Presidio. Limited to 20 people. Call (520) 398-2252 to reserve a place and choose a sandwich.


Natural History: Ethnobotanic Exploration Garden

Saturday, November 22, Noon-2 pm
Join a knowledgeable volunteer for a walk through the Presidio’s brand new collection of plants and hear about their rich history, including a heritage orchard, creosote bed (considered by some to be the oldest living thing on earth), and ethnobotanic exploration garden. See and learn about wolfberry, desert willow, sages, yuccas, agaves, Apache plume, and many more. We are delighted to share how traditional knowledge and customs have helped indigenous people and early settlers use these
remarkable plants in medical, nutritional or artisan ways to cope in our often challenging desert environment. Many plants are still used today by local folks in various medicinal or culinary ways. Included with park admission. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.


Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period

Saturday, November 22, 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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Walking Tours of Tubac's Art History

Sunday, November 23, 11 am – 1 pm
Learn why Tubac is the town where "Art and History Meet." Join Nancy Valentine for the Tubac Presidio Park's newest walking tour to discover where Tubac's first artists worked and hear stories of their creative lives. The tour ends at the Tubac Center of the Arts where you will view the work of Tubac’s artists and enjoy light refreshments. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Allow 2 hours for the tour and bring walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. $15 fee includes admission to tour the Tubac Presidio Park and the Tubac Center of the Arts. Tour limited to 10 people; reservations encouraged, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org.


Thanksgiving Day

November 27, 2014
The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park is open today from 9am to 5pm. If you are looking for ways to whet your appetite or burn off some calories, a visit to Tubac's community run museum is a great way to do it.


Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period:

Saturdays, November 29, 11 am-2 pm
A knowledgeable volunteer dressed in period clothing describes the combination of native and introduced foods enjoyed by the Spanish soldiers and civilians who lived in Tubac during the Spanish Colonial period (1752-1776). Featuring a special display of the bounty of foods from the Old World, New World and surrounding desert used by Tubac cooks, plus cooking demos with samples.  Included with park admission, $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

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