Tumacácori sits at a cultural crossroads in the Santa Cruz River valley. Here O’odham, Yaqui, and Apache people met and mingled with European Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries, settlers, and soldiers, sometimes in conflict and sometimes in cooperation. Follow the timeworn paths and discover stories that connect us to enduring relationships, vibrant cultures, and traditions of long ago.

Explore the mission grounds and visitor center, the Santa Cruz River, and the Anza Trail to experience the rich array of plant and animal life that made Tumacácori a thriving community for generations.

by Colleen Whitaker, published July 22, 2019