Mission San Xavier del Bac

Step inside this elaborate historic mission, the oldest intact European structure in Arizona, located just south of Tucson.

History & Nature

Founded in 1692 by Father Kino, Mission San Xavier del Bac’s baroque-style white arches still stand tall amongst the desert terrain today, known as “The White Dove of the Desert.” The mission blends the native culture of the Tohono O’odham Nation with the catholic devotion of the ministry.  

Smoke billows from stands outside the mission serving up American Indian delicacies, such as fry bread served as tacos. Inside the chapel, the towering walls are gilded with gold and deep hues of green, violet and crimson. Detailed paintings and sculptures offset the wood pews that seat parishioners weekly.


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Things to Do

The mission is a true sensory experience – explore the historic courtyard and corridors with a free walking tour, detailing the history of the mission. There is also a museum and courtyard gift shop toting homemade basketry from the Tohono O’odham Nation community.

Hotels, Lodging & Camping

Stay in nearby Tucson where you’ll find a range of lodging options from scenic resorts to budget friendly hotels.

Hours & Pricing

For pricing, please visit the website.

Open daily to the public: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
*The Mission church will be unavailable at certain times due to special services. Check the Mission San Xavier del Bac website for more information.

For More Information

Mission San Xavier del Bac
1950 W. San Xavier Rd
Tucson, AZ 85746
(520) 294-2624

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