Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum We are the home to the oldest Spanish fort in Arizona, Arizona's oldest European community, & Arizona’s first state park. Experience 2,000 years of history, from Native American & Spanish Colonial to early Mexican & pioneer American cultures.
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Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum 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). Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum 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.

TOMORROW:  Did you ever wonder how the US immigrant population has changed over time? Are you curious about the history ...
01/31/2020

TOMORROW: Did you ever wonder how the US immigrant population has changed over time? Are you curious about the history and consequences of our shared border with Mexico? Do you know how US policy has affected our immigration situation today? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, this event is for you! Saturday, February 1st.

Event details: Kinsley Lecture Series: Alyson Ball, "US Immigration-The Basics"

PHOENIX magazine wrote this informative article about places to visit   in Arizona!  Mentions include Titan Missile Muse...
01/30/2020
Arizona State Parks

PHOENIX magazine wrote this informative article about places to visit in Arizona! Mentions include Titan Missile Museum, Flying Leap Vineyards & Distillery, Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage in Tumacacori, and Dark Sky Designated parks...oh, by the way, which our park and museum is in the process of obtaining thanks to the Dark Sky Committee 🌠at the Tubac Heritage Alliance!

Already planning your weekend adventure? @Phoenixmagazine can help! Check out the cabins at Lake Havasu, a Full Moon Hike at Red Rock, a campout at Patagonia Lake, a star party at Homolovi, and MORE! https://bit.ly/37BtzQc

Tomorrow, Free:  Southern Arizona is one of the last remaining places in the U.S. where the Milky Way is still clearly v...
01/29/2020

Tomorrow, Free: Southern Arizona is one of the last remaining places in the U.S. where the Milky Way is still clearly visible in the night sky. Here, low levels of light pollution make stargazing magnificent, inspiring, and fun.

Expand your enjoyment of our night sky by learning how to spot amazing constellations and planets – all without a telescope! See you at the Tubac Community Center!

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/475253523375843/

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#tubac #arizona #darksky #astronomy

Free entry into Tubac's 3rd Annual Santa Gertrudis Day on March 14th!  Enjoy the 10 am parade with Anza Trail Color Guar...
01/28/2020

Free entry into Tubac's 3rd Annual Santa Gertrudis Day on March 14th! Enjoy the 10 am parade with Anza Trail Color Guard Riders and numerous other events that all ages will enjoy!

Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/885336291837094/

#tubacpresidio #anzatrail #anzatrailnps #azstateparks #tubac #arizona #iamtubac #parade

Give us a "ringy dingy" to make a reservation for any of our events! (520) 398-2252.  While you are "hear," check out ou...
01/28/2020

Give us a "ringy dingy" to make a reservation for any of our events! (520) 398-2252. While you are "hear," check out our historic telecommunication device!

The Friends of the Presidio and Museum, a non profit organization, operate this historical landmark.  Check out our new ...
01/28/2020

The Friends of the Presidio and Museum, a non profit organization, operate this historical landmark. Check out our new website: https://www.tubacpresidio.org/

Photo: Juan Bautista de Anza II

01/26/2020
Southern Arizona is one of the last remaining places in the U.S. where the Milky Way is still clearly visible in the nig...
01/24/2020

Southern Arizona is one of the last remaining places in the U.S. where the Milky Way is still clearly visible in the night sky. Here, low levels of light pollution make stargazing magnificent, inspiring, and fun.

Expand your enjoyment of our night sky by learning how to spot amazing constellations and planets – all without a telescope!

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/475253523375843/

#tubacpresidio #anzatrail #anzatrailnps #azstateparks
#tubac #arizona #darksky #astronomy

Saturday, after your visit to the Santa Cruz Valley Car Nuts show at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, race on over to our museum...
01/24/2020

Saturday, after your visit to the Santa Cruz Valley Car Nuts show at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, race on over to our museum and check out some more horsepower - well, our rare, original 1800s period carriage called an "ambulance," which was designed for speed - horses not included in display!

Photo taken in 2019 by a Park Volunteer. Chevy of the Hermosillo Club _ Classic Classic Car Club.
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"Cattle Cowboys," Saturday, February 15, 2-3 pm.  It is a fascinating subject that most of us don’t know much about exce...
01/23/2020

"Cattle Cowboys," Saturday, February 15, 2-3 pm. It is a fascinating subject that most of us don’t know much about except from the movies!

Jack Lasseter tells us all about the history of the western cattle business, who the cowboys were, what their life was like, their special terminology and apparel, why their boots are pointed and their hats turned up, why bareback is safer than with a saddle, what life was like on a cattle drive, how did one start a ranch and survive in Arizona.

Tickets $15 and includes wine and hors d'oeuvres. A portion of the proceeds supports our education and preservation programs. Please call for reservations (520) 398-2252.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1559497097533482/

Copyrighted Photo: Cattle drive just a short distance away from the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum

01/23/2020
What do you think she'd be baking today?The Rojas House is a mid-20th century adobe vernacular row house with original f...
01/21/2020

What do you think she'd be baking today?

The Rojas House is a mid-20th century adobe vernacular row house with original furnishings of Luisa Rojas, a life-long resident of Tubac. The house was lived in by the same family for over 100 years. It demonstrates what a typical Hispanic home was like in the 1980s. There are the remains of an adobe tack house nearby.

Did you ever wonder how the US immigrant population has changed over time? Are you curious about the history and consequ...
01/21/2020

Did you ever wonder how the US immigrant population has changed over time? Are you curious about the history and consequences of our shared border with Mexico? Do you know how US policy has affected our immigration situation today? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, this event is for you!

Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/766665740464735/

Join us for a Ranger-Guided Tour by Historian and NPS Ranger, Rick Collins, a Free Shuttle when you Hike from Park to Pa...
01/20/2020

Join us for a Ranger-Guided Tour by Historian and NPS Ranger, Rick Collins, a Free Shuttle when you Hike from Park to Park, and four fascinating lectures in February!

Also, check out our "Call to Entries: 1st Annual Celebration of Tubac's Dark Sky - Following the Stars!" Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2682361368514695/

For reservations call (520) 398-2252.
#tubacpresidio #iamtubac #anzatrail #anzatrailnps #azstateparks #tubac #arizona #darksky #artexhibit

Martin Luther King, Jr. spending time with his son, Martin III, and his daughter, Yolanda, in a park.Photo:  Marvin Kone...
01/20/2020

Martin Luther King, Jr. spending time with his son, Martin III, and his daughter, Yolanda, in a park.

Photo: Marvin Koner/Corbis
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This Thursday, tour Tubac and the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail with us!  The $5 fee includes free admis...
01/19/2020

This Thursday, tour Tubac and the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail with us! The $5 fee includes free admission into the Park and Museum...a $7 savings! The weather is expected to be perfect!

Tour Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1253971934786350/

Proceeds from your parking fee benefit the non profit organization that manages the operations of The Tubac Presidio Sta...
01/19/2020

Proceeds from your parking fee benefit the non profit organization that manages the operations of The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum.

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#tubac #arizona #history #education

Our future went back in time...With the Scavenger Hunt Clues in their hand, Saturday's youth group entered the 1885 Scho...
01/19/2020

Our future went back in time...

With the Scavenger Hunt Clues in their hand, Saturday's youth group entered the 1885 Schoolhouse.

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#tubac #arizona #history #education

A snippet of one of the 16 paintings from the “Cavalcade of History” Collection originally published in Arizona Highways...
01/16/2020

A snippet of one of the 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!

Help support the Presidio and Museum while learning about sightseeing.  Being that so many of us have visitors, you'll b...
01/15/2020

Help support the Presidio and Museum while learning about sightseeing. Being that so many of us have visitors, you'll be able to apply what you learn to make their visit more enjoyable! ...and we provide wine and hors d'oeuvres! Yes, wine! ....yum!

Jack Lasseter - "Places to Go & See Here in AZ." Saturday, January 18th, 2 to 3 pm.

Now that I am here in Arizona, what are some places to go and see this season? Come and hear Jack share with you some of the trips to make, and things to see and do, that he would recommend, to enhance your winter’s stay.

Places such as here in southern Arizona, day trips along the Santa Cruz to Tumacácori National Historical Park, Tubac, San Xavier Mission, and Mexican food in Tucson; to Cochise Stronghold, AZ, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Tombstone Historic District in Tombstone, Arizona, Bisbee, Arizona, Douglas, Arizona, and the San Bernardino Ranch in Cochise County; the San Rafael Valley (where Oklahoma was filmed), Coronado National Memorial, and Ramsey Canyon near Ft. Huachuca; to the Musical Instrument Museum - MIM, and the The Eddie Basha Collection in Chandler; and a myriad of other places further north and all around.

Tickets are $15 and include wine and hors d'oeuvres. A portion of the proceeds supports our education and preservation programs. Please call for reservations (520) 398-2252.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2271245053173528/

01/15/2020
Check out these fierce soldiers!  Museum Selfie Day is tomorrow!  Take a selfie in front of our Presidio background, and...
01/14/2020

Check out these fierce soldiers! Museum Selfie Day is tomorrow! Take a selfie in front of our Presidio background, and share your selfies with us below, or if you have an old selfie, share it, too!
#tubacpresidio #anzatrail #museumselfie #anzatrailnps #azstateparks #tubac #arizona

Ted Ramirez Concert Series: John Coinman with Blair Forward...John Coinman is an award-winning singer-songwriter who gre...
01/14/2020

Ted Ramirez Concert Series: John Coinman with Blair Forward...John Coinman is an award-winning singer-songwriter who grew up on the Kiowa Grasslands in Clayton, New Mexico. He has recorded five solo albums, had numerous songs in films and on television, and collaborated with many notable artists including John Densmore of The Doors, James Intveld, Michael Blake (the writer of "Dances With Wolves"), among others, as well as being the bandleader for Kevin Costner & Modern West (KCMW). John will perform at the Tubac Presidio in an intimate duo format with Blair Forward which will include music from the award-winning miniseries Hatfields and McCoys.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2412001609051999/

01/13/2020
Presidio Art in the Park - The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum, Arizona

If you are an artist, be a part of our "Presidio Art in the Park" all-year event! Set up your art easel in our outdoor portion of the park, and get free admission into the park and restrooms (excludes admission to museum and buildings).

#tubacpresidio #anzatrail #anzatrailnps #azstateparks #tubac #history #arizona #art #artist #artinthepark

The Park to Park Hike has been an incredible event with tons of very happy folks and a beee-uu-tiful day.
01/12/2020

The Park to Park Hike has been an incredible event with tons of very happy folks and a beee-uu-tiful day.

Thar’s B’ars in Them Thar HillsAlong the Santa Cruz River between Tubac and the Tumacacori Mission one can still see a v...
01/12/2020

Thar’s B’ars in Them Thar Hills

Along the Santa Cruz River between Tubac and the Tumacacori Mission one can still see a variety of wildlife. And yes, that includes lions and an occasional bear.

Today is nothing like the good old days when grizzlies prowled the river channel. Often they were in search of semi-feral cattle that made mud wallows in the bottoms.

The June 9, 1859 Weekly Arizonian had an article that noted an encounter with a a grizzly. Two vaqueros were searching for horses in the bajadas below the Santa Ritas when they stumbled upon a "cinnamon" bear.

The bear, probably surprised, immediately attacked. One of the vaqueros was afoot and was bitten in the thigh and arm and pushed to the ground. Apparently the men were not armed and in desperation to save his comrade, the mounted fellow lassoed the bear. The bear released his first victim and jerked away breaking the lasso and nearly bringing the horse down.

The wounded man was brought to Tubac where he was treated.

Make us a part of your Sky Island Adventure Road Trip!  "The Sky Island Adventure will take you on a journey through Ari...
01/12/2020

Make us a part of your Sky Island Adventure Road Trip! "The Sky Island Adventure will take you on a journey through Arizona’s southern region via a scenic course. The “Sky Island” region of southern Arizona is aptly named thanks to the towering mountain ranges that seemingly appear straight from the desert floor to above 8000 feet in elevation. The southern Arizona State Parks in this region give you access to recreational opportunities within this amazing corner of Arizona and offer protected areas in which to admire the area’s beauty."

The rolling hills of southern Arizona will sweep you off your feet! It's a good reason to kick back, relax, and take it all in... https://bit.ly/37cLZ9a

01/11/2020

Anza Trail Update: The Trail is in great shape. All bridges are up and the mud has dried. Absolutely beautiful out there.

Sunday, January 12th, 8 to noon, grab the "Park to Park Hiker’s Free Shuttle." Tumacácori National Historical Park will ...
01/11/2020

Sunday, January 12th, 8 to noon, grab the "Park to Park Hiker’s Free Shuttle." Tumacácori National Historical Park will offer hikers the opportunity to walk the four-mile stretch of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail between Tumacácori NHP and the Tubac Presidio SHP, catching a free ride back to their starting point. Participants get a collectible pin! For details: https://www.facebook.com/events/832677647198246/
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#azstateparks #tubac #arizona

The clipping below is from the Daily Tombstone (published every Evening) on July 30, 1886.During the Geronimo campaign i...
01/11/2020

The clipping below is from the Daily Tombstone (published every Evening) on July 30, 1886.

During the Geronimo campaign in spring and summer of 1886 signal mirrors, called heliographs, were used to alert troops to the location of the Apaches. Tubac or a location close by, is recorded as a location for the signal station. By 1886, Tubac was once again rising from the ashes, having one of its many resurrections. A schoolhouse was built and opened in 1885 and a town plat laid out for organized growth portended a new boom.

Another station was down south, close to the Mexican border. It was stationed with the 10th Cavalry, the Buffalo soldiers. Troop K, under Lt. Powhatan Clarke was stationed at the old Calabazas Mission. The troop remained there when not on patrol all during the miserable summer.

Clarke, who would receive a medal of honor, was known for his respect of the black troops. He was the the first officer to ever bring the enlisted personnel out of the malaria bottom lands and encamp them on the hill where there was at least hope for a breeze during the summer.

Tubac and Southern Arizona were abuzz with activity. Southern Arizona, to paraphrase Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday, was a very Cosmopolitan place.

Jack Lasseter - "Places to Go & See Here in AZ."  Saturday, January 18th, 2 to 3 pm.Now that I am here in Arizona, what ...
01/10/2020

Jack Lasseter - "Places to Go & See Here in AZ." Saturday, January 18th, 2 to 3 pm.

Now that I am here in Arizona, what are some places to go and see this season? Come and hear Jack share with you some of the trips to make, and things to see and do, that he would recommend, to enhance your winter’s stay.

Places such as here in southern Arizona, day trips along the Santa Cruz to Tumacácori National Historical Park, Tubac, San Xavier Mission, and Mexican food in Tucson; to Cochise Stronghold, AZ, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Tombstone Historic District in Tombstone, Arizona, Bisbee, Arizona, Douglas, Arizona, and the San Bernardino Ranch in Cochise County; the San Rafael Valley (where Oklahoma was filmed), Coronado National Memorial, and Ramsey Canyon near Ft. Huachuca; to the Musical Instrument Museum - MIM, and the The Eddie Basha Collection in Chandler; and a myriad of other places further north and all around.

Tickets are $15 and include wine and hors d'oeuvres. A portion of the proceeds supports our education and preservation programs. Please call for reservations (520) 398-2252.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2271245053173528/

🌕 Where are you this evening? --Juan
01/10/2020

🌕 Where are you this evening? --Juan

Welcome to the Official Page of the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum!  Please leave us a review on this pag...
01/09/2020

Welcome to the Official Page of the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum!

Please leave us a review on this page, and follow us on Instagram!

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The five Cs of Arizona—copper, cattle, cotton, citrus, and climate—formed the basis of the state’s livelihood and a read...
01/08/2020

The five Cs of Arizona—copper, cattle, cotton, citrus, and climate—formed the basis of the state’s livelihood and a readymade roster of subjects for films. With an eye on the developing national appetite for all things western, Charles and Lucile Herbert founded Western Ways Features in 1936 to document the landscape, regional development, and diverse cultures of Arizona, the U.S. Southwest, and northern Mexico....(continued in link)...
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Save the Date, Tuesday, March 3rd, 10 am to 4:30 pm:  Join us for cake and a celebration of the 161st anniversary of Ari...
01/07/2020

Save the Date, Tuesday, March 3rd, 10 am to 4:30 pm:
Join us for cake and a celebration of the 161st anniversary of Arizona's first newspaper, "The Weekly Arizonian," which was printed in Tubac on March 3rd, 1859.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1092111190983827/

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1 Burruel St
Tubac, AZ
85646

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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Thank you to these local artists that were so kind to us and our exchange students. They also shared some of the local history. I lost their business card right after we met and wanted to share these pictures with them
Tubac Presidio Park was mentioned in Prescott Courier on Sunday.
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Our long time director, Shaw Kinsley, passed away last night. There is no information yet about the Catholic Mass or memorial service. A happy thought about how much good he did would be a pleasant moment and honor to him.