Tumacácori National Historical Park protects the ruins of three Spanish missions along the Santa Cruz river. Two of these missions are not open to the public, and can only be visited on a reserved tour. As a participant in this special tour, you will visit the ruined remains of the two closed missions and learn about the lives of the people who lived there.
Please Note: Tickets are per vehicle, not per person. Tickets are limited to one per customer per tour.
The tour meets at the Tumacácori Visitor Center. The tour group will car caravan (follow a lead vehicle) to the Calabazas and Guevavi mission sites. High clearance vehicles required. At each site, a ranger or volunteer provides an interpretive walking tour. There is some walking on unpaved trails to reach the mission ruin at each site, including one section of uphill trail at Calabazas. These tours are not wheelchair accessible.
After the tour the group (car caravan) will return to Tumacácori. Tour participants are invited to visit the Tumacácori Mission church and grounds, visitor center, and museum on their own, $10 admission fee applies or Interagency passes valid for admission. A self guided tour booklet is available. Guided tours of Tumacácori are scheduled each day at 11:00am and 2:00pm, from January through March, inquire at the visitor center desk.
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The tour group will car caravan (follow a lead vehicle) to the Calabazas and Guevavi mission sites. The access road to Guevavi is a private un-improved road, some areas are rocky and steep. A high clearance vehicle is required.
Up to 4 passengers are allowed per vehicle.
Tickets go on sale October 1. Tickets can be purchased online up to 2 days prior to the tour date.
You will need water, snacks, clothing appropriate for the weather, and comfortable walking shoes. No food or water is available. There is no shade or shelter along the walking trails. You must be prepared for the weather.
There will be one restroom stop midway through the tour.
The Calabazas and Guevavi missions tours are not wheelchair accessible. Participants must be able to walk on hills and rough trails, and to stand and walk for up to an hour at a time. There is no seating other than in vehicles while traveling between sites.