Historic Sites

Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block

The Tucson Museum of Art houses a permanent exhibit of pre-Columbian art, Western art, Latin American art (from ancient to contemporary), modern and contemporary art, and Asian art, plus traveling exhibits. It also houses an art school and an...  Read More

San Xavier is considered one of the finest examples of Mission architecture in this country. Founded by Father Eusabio Kino, today it serves as the parish church for the Tohono O'odham tribe and often hosts concerts. The elaborate interior has...  Read More

Arizona Historical Society Museum

The Arizona Historical Society's museum adjacent to the University of Arizona campus offers information about the development of Arizona from the first arrival of Europeans in 1540 through the times under Spain and Mexico, to territorial Arizona...  Read More

Formerly an Indian village, this area next became the site of a mission established by Father Kino, a Jesuit priest. The mission was finally abandoned after being attacked repeatedly by the Apaches. The ruins of the mission, a spacious adobe...  Read More

Southeast Arizona

Tombstone is located about 70 miles southeast of Tucson, perfect for a day trip. Some of the biggest legends of the Old West originated right here – Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, the gunfight at the OK Corral. Today's Tombstone is touristy, to be...  Read More

St. Augustine Cathedral

Construction on St. Augustine began in 1866, but it took a few years to complete. The cathedral is perhaps best known for its detailed cast stone façade, liberally decorated with signs and symbols, including some of desert plants and animals....  Read More

El Tiradito (The Wishing Shrine) has its roots back in the 1800s. A plaque at the site says a sinner is buried here in unconsecrated ground, but the legends surrounding this person are sketchy at best. Most seem to agree that an ill-fated love...  Read More

Picacho Peak often served as a landmark for early explorers, and the pass over its summit has been in use at least since Father Kino's days in the 17th century. The historically significant site was also the scene of a Civil War battle in 1862,...  Read More

Southeast Arizona

About 50 miles south of Tucson is the artsy little town of Tubac. Start off at the Visitor's Center in the La Entrada de Tubac shopping center, where you can pick up maps and plenty of brochures about local attractions. You'll certainly want to...  Read More