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Tubac Presidio Park

Come to Tubac Presidio and experience 2,000 years of Southwest history! We showcase every culture (Native American, Spanish, Mexican, Pioneer American, and Arizonian) with award-winning artifacts and displays to bring those 2,000 years of history to life. See Arizona's first printing press, our original 1885 school house, and much more.

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park was due to close in March, 2010 when the Arizona Legislature swept Arizona State Parks funds. The community of Tubac came together and succeeded in crafting a Public-Private Partnership that allowed Arizona's first state park to remain open and available to the public.

In our first three years of operation we have been financed by admissions fees, gift shop revenues, and substantial local donations. Our VOLUNTEERS have increased the operating hours of the Park, created a new self-guided walking tour, revitalized the exhibits, and enhanced the overall visitor experience.  Come see for yourself!

Tubac is Arizona's oldest European community and home to the oldest Spanish presidio (fort) in Arizona. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park is Arizona's first state park. The 1885 furnished schoolhouse, Otero Hall, and Rojas House are all on the National Register of Historic Places. Now operated by the Friends of the Tubac Presidio and Museum, the Park features a museum, underground display of the Presidio ruins, Arizona's first printing press, a picnic area, and the Juan Bautista de Anza Trailhead.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations Mondays, March 2 & 9, 9am to 1pm, Tuesdays, March 3, 10, & 24, 9am – 1 pm, Wednesday, March 4, 9am – 1pm, Thursdays, March 5 & 12, 9am – 1 pm, Sunday, March 15, 11am – 3pm

Walking Tours of Old Town Tubac – Fridays, March 6, 13, 20 & 27 10am-12noon

Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site – Wednesday, March 11 & Thursday, March 26 – 10am

Living History: Chocolate! 1000 Years and Counting - Fridays, March 13 & 27, 11am to 2pm

Tubac Takes Flight: A Celebration of Birding Presentation: “Where the Chicks Hang Out” – Thursday, March 19, 2pm

Fr. Eusebio Francisco Kino - Presentation by Jack Lasseter, Saturday, March 21, 2pm

Book Talk & Signing: Riding Behind the Padre: Horseback Views from Both Sides of the Border by Richard Collins – Sunday, March 22, 2pm

Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period – Saturday, March 28, 11am-2pm

Presentation-The Black Legend of Lt. George Bascom by Doug Hocking-Saturday, March 28, 2pm

Teodoro Ted Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert: Don Armstrong, Sunday, March 29, 2pm

Book Talk & Signing: Juan Bautista de Anza: The King’s Governor in New Mexico by Carlos Herrera, Thursday, April 2, 2 pm

Presentation: Marking the Divide: Photographs and Monuments along the U.S./Mexico Border, by Katherine Morrissey - Friday, April 3, 2 pm

Presentation: Rediscover Nogales with Mary Darling – Thursday, April 9, 2 pm

Presentation: Camels in Arizona? by Jack Lasseter, Saturday, April 11, 2 pm 

Non-Presidio Event of Interest:
Tubac Historical Society Annual Picnic at Rock Coral Ranch, Sunday, April 12, 2 pm-5pm

Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period – Saturday, April 18, 11am-2pm

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations – Saturday, April 18, 11am-3 pm, Tuesday, April 28, 9 am-1pm, Thursday, April 30, 9 am-1 pm

Book Talk & Signing: Albert Monreal Quihuis: Sofia and Pepe Adventure Series Children’s Books, Sunday, April 19, 2 pm

Non-Presidio Event of Interest:
56th Annual Arizona History Convention, Thursday-Sunday, April 23-26, Casino del Sol Resort and Conference Center, 5655 W. Valencia Road, Tucson

Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period – Saturday, April 25, 11am-2pm

 

 

 

 

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Tumacacori National Historical Park,
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Welcome to Tubac Presidio
State Historic Park!

Arizona’s first State Park,
Arizona’s oldest European community,
and the oldest, best preserved

Spanish Colonial Presidio site in Arizona.

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park preserves the site of the oldest Spanish presidio, or fort, in Arizona. Established in 1752, the Presidio San Ignacio de Tubac was the first European settlement in what later became the state of Arizona. No visit to Tubac is complete without a stop at Arizona’s first state park located in the heart of Tubac village.

The Tubac Presidio is one of only three presidios in Arizona and is one of the rare sites where the story of New Spain’s presidios can be adequately told. (A presidio is buried under downtown Tucson and another is near Fairbank in Cochise County.)


Park Attractions and Exhibits

Underground Archaeological Exhibit
Visitors can view excavated portions of the original adobe foundation, walls and plaza floor of the 1752 Commandant’s quarters, as well as artifacts discovered during the Presidio’s excavation.

Presidio Museum
Explore the timeline of human settlement in the Santa Cruz River Valley, dating back to the Pima Indian settlement in the 1500s. The time periods exhibited include Native American, Spanish Colonial, Mexican Republic and Territorial.

National Register of Historic Places
The Park preserves three significant buildings on the National Register of Historic Places: Arizona’s second oldest Territorial School House (1885), the Otero Hall (1914) and theRojas House (1890).


Washington Hand Press
The printing press used to print the Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859, The Weekly Arizonian, is on display in the Presidio Museum. The press is still operational and volunteers print a commemorative edition of the paper
for visitors.

Anza National Historic Trail
The Park serves as a trailhead for a 4.5-mile section of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, which follows the Santa Cruz River to the
Tumacácori National Historical Park.

Cavalcade of History Collection
The new Alan B. Davis Gallery in Otero Hall exhibits 16 paintings from the “Cavalcade of History” Collection originally published in Arizona Highways magazine. The canvas giclées of paintings by renowned Western artist William Ahrendt depict scenes covering three centuries of Arizona’s wildly glorious history.

Wingfield Collection
The Tubac Historical Society’s new collection features artifacts from the private collection of rancher and amateur archaeologist Geoffrey Wingfield (1948-2009), whose family ranch included the site of the 17th century Spanish mission at Guevavi. The artifacts are exhibited in the Presidio Museum and in a “Virtual Exhibit” at the
Tubac Historical Society’s website.

Special Events
A variety of cultural events are held on-site throughout the year, including Anza Day in October, Los Tubaqueños living history presentations, archeological tours, nature walks and concerts. See our Upcoming Events here.