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Feb 15, 2017
WELCOME TO ARIZONA’S OLDEST EUROPEAN COMMUNITY, AND THE OLDEST AND BEST-PRESERVED SPANISH COLONIAL PRESIDIO SITE IN THE STATE. FROM ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIGS TO ARTFULLY DISPLAYED ARTIFACTS TO THREE STRUCTURES IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES, TUBAC PRESIDIO IS AT THE CROSSROADS OF ARIZONA HISTORIC AND TERRITORIAL CULTURE.
In the mid-1700s, Spain established missions and presidios (forts) across the Southwest. Presidio San Ignacio de Tubac, the first of three presidios in what is now Arizona was built in 1752 (the other sites being in Tucson and near Fairbank). Visitors may see excavated portions of the original adobe foundation, walls and plaza floor of the commandant’s quarters, as well as artifacts discovered during excavations.
In addition, the Park preserves three historic buildings: Arizona’s second oldest Territorial School House (1885), Otero Hall (1914), and the Rojas House (1890).
The Presidio Museum explores the timeline of human settlement in the Santa Cruz River Valley, dating back to the Pima Indian settlement in the 1500s. Also on display is the printing press used by The Weekly Arizonian, the state’s first newspaper.
In Otero Hall, the Alan B. Davis Gallery exhibits 16 paintings by renowned Western artist William Ahrendt from the “Cavalcade of History” collection covering three centuries of Arizona history.
The Presido hosts a variety of cultural events throughout the year, including Anza Day in October, Los Tubaqueños living history presentations, archeological tours, nature walks, and concerts. Experts lead special tours of the Spanish colonial archaeological site, which preserves remains of the original town site, including residence foundations and plaza.
Nearby bed & breakfast inns reflect Tubac’s quaint, artsy culture, within strolling distance to the local shops and restaurants. Luxurious accommodations are available at local resorts, which feature fine dining and championship golf courses. Several guest ranches are within a short drive of Tubac. RVs and campers are welcome at local parks. Campgrounds are available in Coronado National Forest and primitive, hike-in camp sites are an option at nearby Sonoita Creek State Natural Area.
Pricing & Hours
Adults (14+): $5
Children (ages 7 - 13): $2
Children (6 and younger): Free
Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
1 Burruel Street
Tubac, AZ 85646