Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
Come to Tubac and experience 2,000 years of Southwest history!
Open Daily 9 am – 5 pm, Closed Christmas Day
The Presidio has three new temporary exhibits
Hurry! They will be ending in October
The Sharp Edge of Mexico: Knives and Swords of the Frontier
Native Americans in the U.S. Armed Forces
The Spanish Barb Horse
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.
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
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.
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.
Welcome to Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, home of the oldest Spanish fort in Arizona and Arizona’s first state park. When you visit the Tubac Presidio, you’ll experience 2,000 years of history, from Native American and Spanish colonial to early Mexican and pioneer American cultures.
The Tubac Presidio features a remarkable museum, an underground display of the centuries-old Presidio ruins, an extensive gift shop loaded with unique items, family picnic areas, and access to the Juan Bautista de Anza Trailhead.
Trip Advisor rates Tubac Presidio State Historic Park as a leading attraction in Tubac with numerous Excellent ratings. Admission is only $5/adults, $2/children 7-13, and free/under 6. We offer ample free parking. The Tubac Presidio is open every day from 9 am until 5 pm (closed Christmas Day).
Planning Your Visit
The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park is open every day of the year except Christmas Day from 9 am until 5 pm. Tubac is located at Exit 34 on Interstate 19, 45 miles south of Tucson. Head east from the highway, then left/north on East Frontage Road. Turn right at the large Tubac sign with flags, then immediate right onto Tubac Road. The Park entrance is at the end of Tubac Road where it meets Burruel Street. (more)
About The Tubac Presidio
Tubac is Arizona’s oldest European community and home to the oldest Spanish presidio, or military complex, in Arizona. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park helps to preserve the ruins of the Spanish Presidio site, San Ignacio de Tubac, established in 1752. (more)
In 1974, archaeologists from the University of Arizona and the Arizona State Museum excavated portions of the Tubac Presidio site. Today you can view excavated portions of the original foundation, walls, and the plaza floor of the Commandant’s quarters, as well as artifacts representing the various periods of Tubac’s unique history. (more)