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Southern Arizona Missions 2-Day Tour

Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary is excited to offer an incredible 2-day tour of the Southern Arizona Missions, conducted by Across Arizona Tours. This tour will include a visit to DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tumacácori National Historical Park, with a special tour of the ruins of Guevavi and Calabazas, the Village of Tubac and Tubac Presidio State Historic Park.

Southern Arizona Missions 2-Day Tour

Day One 

8:00 am Departure from Pueblo Grande Museum

  • Rest stop near Picacho Peak

Southern Arizona Tour, Tucson, Tubac, Tumacacori, San Xavier

  • Visit Degrazia Gallery in the Sun and take the guided one-hour tour

DeGrazia Studios – The DeGrazia Studios are a landmark of Southwestern art and architecture in Tucson and welcomes visitors from all over the world. The adobe gallery was designed and built by artist Ted DeGrazia, who achieved worldwide acclaim for his colorful paintings of people and places of the Southwest. Opened in the early 1960s, the gallery was designed to exhibit and preserve his oils, watercolors, bronzes, enamels, ceramics, stone lithographs, serigraphs and jewelry. Today the 13-room gallery showcases permanent and rotating exhibits of DeGrazia originals, and the gallery gift shop offers a wide variety of merchandise and prints of his work.

  • Depart DeGrazia Gallery for lunch stop Tucson, Kino Missions, Tubac, Tumacacori, La Fuente
  • Stop for lunch at La Fuente Restaurant (lunch included)
  • Depart La Fuente Restaurant for San Xavier Mission

Visit and take a one-hour guided tour at San Xavier Mission (there will be time to browse the book store)

San Xavier Mission - Mission San Xavier del Bac is situated in the Santa Cruz Valley nine miles south of Tucson, Arizona. Framed in the warm browns of the surrounding hills and the violet shadows of more distant mountains, it rises, brilliantly white from the desert floor of dusty green mesquitSan Xavier Mission, Tucson, Tubac, Tumacacori, DeGrazia Studioe and sage. The imposing dome and lofty towers, the rounded parapets and graceful spires etched against the vivid blue complete a skyline with a graceful enchantment.

  • Depart San Xavier Mission for Green Valley
  • Arrive in Green Valley and check in at the Best Western Inn (dinner on own at the hotel's restaurant - the 19th Hole Bar & Grill

Day Two 

8:30 am Check out and depart hotel after breakfast (included and provided by hotel)

  • Visit Tumacácori National Historical Park for a private guided one-hour tour (there will be time to browse the book store) 

Tumacacori Mission, Tucson, San Xavier

Tumacácori National Historical Park - Tumacácori National Historical Park in the upper Santa Cruz River Valley of southern Arizona is comprised of the abandoned ruins of three ancient Spanish colonial missions. These are the picturesque ruins of a mission established by Father Kino. 

  • Mid-morning snack will be provided on the bus

We will visit both missions below (weather permitting):

Guevavi - Guevavi is a name derived from the O'odham word for big spring, ge'e vavi, or big well, gu waihe. This settlement of O'odham people was first visited in January 1691 by Catholic Jesuit Fathers Kino and Salvatierra. They established it as a mission, naming it San Gabriel de Guevavi. Subsequent missionaries called it San Rafael and San Miguel, resulting in the common historical name of Los Santos Ángeles de Guevavi.

Calabazas - The name Calabazas first appears in a baptismal record of June 2, 1756. It was evidently established as a mission earlier that year when Father Francisco Xavier Pauer relocated at least seventy-eight Pimas to the site from their village of Toacuquita, a Spanish rendition of the Pima words "do'ag cugidaga," meaning "peaked mountain." This village was located closer to the Santa Cruz River. When the mission was moved up away from the river, it was given the name "San Cayetano de Calabazas." Calabazas means "squash" or "gourds" in Spanish -- the name may be a reference to the wild "coyote gourds" that grow in the area, or to the domestic squash cultivated by the O'odham. Records are scanty but it is known that construction of the church was half complete in 1761 and it was functional by 1773.  

  • Depart Tumacácori National Historical Park for Tubac Artisan District for lunch (on own)

Tubac Artisan District – Tubac is one of the state’s oldest communities. Here you will see rTubac, Tucson, Southern Arizona, Tumacacoriuins of a Spanish military post and old adobe mission, plus shops and art galleries. Tubac was established in 1752 as a Spanish presidio (fort). Working artists' studios now surround the grounds which once served as the home for a Spanish military garrison. Tubac remembers its origins at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park located in the village's Old Town. 

  • Bus will drive those who do not want to walk from uptown Tubac Business District (1/4 mile walk) to Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

  • Visit Tubac Presidio State Historic Park 

  • Depart Tubac Presidio State Historic Park for return to Phoenix 

Rest stop near Picacho Peak

6:00-6:30 pm Return to Pueblo Grande 

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For General Information or Questions: Email or call Pueblo Grande Museum (602) 495-0901, or Across Arizona Tours (602) 233-1813.

Tour pricing:

Pueblo Grande Members Auxiliary Members:

$349.00/person double occupancy
$449.00/person single occupancy


$399.00/person double occupancy
$499.00/person single occupancy

Tour prices include a Tax deductible gift of $50.00/person to the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary.

Last date to make reservations is January 25, 2013.

Cancellation refunds:

100% refund if cancelled before January 26, 2013
50% refund January 26-February 7, 2013
No refund after February 7, 2013

Tour pricing includes: admissions to museums and sites mentioned, lunch on Day 1, breakfast on Day 2, lodging in Green Valley, transportation, guide services, guide gratuity, bottled water on vehicle, snacks on vehicle on Day 2, sales taxes. Dinner on Day 1 and lunch on Day 2 are on your own. Across Arizona Tours reserves the right to cancel this tour if minimum number of participants is not met. Across Arizona Tours is not responsible for viewing conditions at the sites visited and reserves the right to alter tour itinerary due to road or weather conditions.