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Stop by and see our updated video "The Tubac Story". The high-def art and illustrations tell the story, narrated by Will Rogers Jr., better than ever!

Now operated by VOLUNTEERS !

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park was due to close in March, 2010 when the Arizona Legislature swept Arizona State Parks funds. The community of Tubac came together under the leadership of the Tubac Historical Society and succeeded in crafting a Public-Private Partnership that allowed Arizona's first state park to remain open and available to the public.

In our first year of operation we have been financed by admissions and gift shop revenue and substantial local donations. Our VOLUNTEERS have increased the operating hours of the Park, created a new self-guided walking tour, revitalized the exhibits, and enhanced the overall visitor experience.  Come see for yourself!

Tubac is Arizona's oldest European community and home to the largest and best preserved 18th century Spanish presidio (fort) in the world. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park is Arizona's first state park. The 1885 furnished schoolhouse, Otero Hall, and Rojas House are all on the National Register of Historic Places. The Park features a museum, underground display of the Presidio ruins, Arizona's first printing press, an exhibition of paintings of Arizona history by William Ahrendt, a picnic area, and the Juan Bautista de Anza Trailhead.

Upcoming Events

Walking Tours of Old Town Tubac – Fridays, February 1, 15, and 22, 10:30am-12 noon

Book Event: Southern Arizona’s Historic Farms & Ranches – Saturday, February 2, 2pm

Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site – Tuesday, February 5, 10:30am

Tubac Festival of the Arts – February 6 -10, 10am-5pm

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations – Sunday, February 17, 11am-3pm

Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period - Friday, February 15, 12:30-3:30pm

“Outlaws on the Arizona Frontier” – A presentation by Jack Lasseter – Saturday, February 16, 2:00-3:30pm

Trade Beads of the North American Fur Trade – Sunday, February 17, 2pm

Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period – Fri., February 22, 12 noon-3pm

Desert Trader: The Life and Quilts of Goldie Tracy Richmond – Sat., February 23, 2pm

150th Anniversary of the Arizona Territory – Sunday, February 24

Walking Tours of Old Town Tubac – Fridays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10:30am-12 noon

Archaeology of the Presidio of Santa Cruz de Terrenate – Saturday, March 2, 2pm

Anniversary of “The Weekly Arizonian” – Sunday, March 3, 10am-4pm

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations – Thursday, March 21; and Friday, March 22, 9am-1pm

Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period – Fridays, March 8 & 22, 10am-3pm

The Saga of Pete Kitchen - Sunday, March 10, 2pm

Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site – Thursday, March 14, 10:30am

Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period - Friday, March 15, 12:30-3:30pm

“Women on the Arizona Frontier” – A presentation by Jack Lasseter – Saturday, March 16, 2:00-3:30pm

The “Batallón de San Patricio” in the Mexican American War – Sunday, March 17, 2pm

Tubac Presidio Dedication as a National Historic Site in Journalism – Sat., March 23


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For every new or renewing subscription to Arizona Highways, the magazine will donate $5 to the Arizona State Parks Foundation! Be sure to use the Tubac Presidio’s promotion code VOCPTP to direct the $5 to this state park! It’s easy, and it will make a difference. Click here for details and a subscription form.

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Schoolhouse Concert with Gilbert Brown – Saturday, January 26, 2pm

The Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert Series presents multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Gilbert Brown. Brown has toured nationally and internationally with Ted Ramirez and the Santa Cruz River Band. Locally, he was part of the “Ride that Pony” band and the “Mesquite Bean Band,” a mainstay at Shelby’s Bistro of Tubac in years past. Brown will perform folk and country songs that he has written and collected along the way. The Presidio’s Artist in Residence Teodoro “Ted” Ramirez will also perform solo and with Brown. Tickets $18 adults, 14 and under free. Seating is limited; please call 520-398-2252 to reserve your tickets.


Welcome to Tubac Presidio
State Historic Park!

Arizona’s first State Park,
Arizona’s oldest European community,
and the oldest, best preserved

Spanish Colonial Presidio site in Arizona.

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park 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.)


Park Attractions and Exhibits

Underground Archaeological Exhibit
Visitors can view excavated portions of the original adobe foundation, walls and plaza floor of the 1752 Commandant’s quarters, as well as artifacts discovered during the Presidio’s excavation.

Presidio Museum
Explore the timeline of human settlement in the Santa Cruz River Valley, dating back to the Pima Indian settlement in the 1500s. The time periods exhibited include Native American, Spanish Colonial, Mexican Republic and Territorial.

National Register of Historic Places
The Park preserves three significant buildings on the National Register of Historic Places: Arizona’s second oldest Territorial School House (1885), the Otero Hall (1914) and theRojas House (1890).

Washington Hand Press
The printing press used to print the Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859, The Weekly Arizonian, is on display in the Presidio Museum. The press is still operational and volunteers print a commemorative edition of the paper
for visitors.

Anza National Historic Trail
The Park serves as a trailhead for a 4.5-mile section of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, which follows the Santa Cruz River to the
Tumacácori National Historical Park.

Cavalcade of History Collection
The new Alan B. Davis Gallery in Otero Hall exhibits 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.

Wingfield Collection
The Tubac Historical Society’s new collection features artifacts from the private collection of rancher and amateur archaeologist Geoffrey Wingfield (1948-2009), whose family ranch included the site of the 17th century Spanish mission at Guevavi. The artifacts are exhibited in the Presidio Museum and in a “Virtual Exhibit” at the
Tubac Historical Society’s website.

Special Events
A variety of cultural events are held on-site throughout the year, including Anza Day in October, Los Tubaqueños living history presentations, archeological tours, nature walks and concerts. See our Upcoming Events here.