A one-hour trip south of Tucson can transport you back more than 300 years. Walk in the footsteps of Father Kino, a 17th century priest who established Mission Tumacácori in an O’odham village.

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Today, paired with its sister community of Carmen, Tumacácori holds the distinction of bringing the oldest mission site in Arizona. Now a National Historic Park, the mission grounds hold an elaborate church that was built here over the course of several decades in the early 1800s that visitors can walk through today. Other ruins include a chapel and graveyard.

Nearby, a stop into the Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Company is definitely worthwhile. Spicy chilies have been grown here since 1943, and turned into salsas and spice blends that wake up your taste buds. Choose from more than 150 mixes, plus products from other vendors. The Green Salsa is amazing on chicken quesadillas.

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For Visitor information

Tumacåcori National Historical Park | PO Box 8067 | Tumacácori, AZ | (520) 377-5060 | www.nps.gov/tuma/index.htm

County It all started How High? Head Count
Santa Cruz County Around 1795 3,271ft 393

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