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History and Nature
Tumacácori sits at a cultural crossroads in the Santa Cruz River valley. Here O’odham, Yaqui, and Apache people met and mingled with European Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries, settlers, and soldiers. Sometimes they met in conflict and sometimes in cooperation. Tumacácori has hundreds of stories, lived by real people in a very real place. It’s more than a intriguing, beautiful ruin.
Follow the timeworn paths and discover stories that connect us to enduring relationships, vibrant cultures, and traditions of long ago. Take a hike through the riparian woodland along the Santa Cruz River, in a place where the water runs above ground. Great trees stand above you and offer shade. Wildlife and migrating birds pass down the trail beside you.
Every inch of the park is full of beauty and history and activities and festivals. One visit just won’t be enough!
The Santa Cruz River has long been a highway of trade and travel. Prehistoric people followed the river to trade with neighbors. The O’odham farmed along the river, using the floodplain and low banks to grow crops. Later, missionaries and explorers would rely on these existing networks to colonize the area.
In 1775, an expedition of approximately 240 people and nearly a thousand head of livestock followed this river on the first part of a journey that would establish the first European settlement on the San Francisco Bay. The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail was designated to commemorate this massive and important movement of settlers across the nation.
The first section of trail established in Arizona was the four mile stretch between Tumacácori National Historical Park and Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. It is a hiking and equestrian trail only.
Shopping and Dining
Arizona’s Oldest Mesquite Source was establishment in 1982, and create beautiful mesquite furnishings from ethically sourced mesquite biomass. Tours of the sawmill are available as well as shopping for popular items cutting boards and crosses.
Tumacácori has its very own “Pepperer” or spice merchant in business for over 80 years. A wide variety of fresh spices, Mexican vanilla, chocolate, flavored oils, dried soups are available in an ever-changing inventory. The Pepperer also hosts a small museum and an extensive collection of southwestern cookbooks.
A trip to Tumacácori should include lunch or dinner, margaritas, and dessert at Wisdom’s. A family-owned restaurant for over 45 years offering old family Mexican recipes. Wisdom’s Café is famous for their famous fried fruit burritos and their homemade ice cream.
History, beer, good service, and good bar food. A walk into the past that your will not forget.
Lodging near the River
Casa Paloma is a charming adobe ranch home situated on a one acre property. It is located on the historic Santa Gertrudis Lane in Tumacácori, just a bit south of the Mission at Tumacácori National Historical Park. The ranch adjoins the peaceful Santa Cruz River and a historic hiking trail – the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historical Trail. The river and the serene and pristine landscape offers some of the best bird sightings around.
The 5,000 square feet ranch house boasts 3 lovely en-suite bedrooms adjoining two large common areas with fireplaces. A full, gourmet breakfast is included daily! To add to your pleasure an indoor jacuzzi spa is onsite as well as a workout room. Your stay is supported by the Owner/Managers who live on-site to help with service and questions.
Our property offers a beautiful setting for wedding ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, receptions, parties, and special events for 50 to 100 guests.
“Our goal is to provide a comfortable, peaceful environment for you to enjoy everything that southern Arizona has to offer!”
Explore and Relax at Casa Paloma Bed & Breakfast
Rancho Santa Cruz is now owned by Susan and Peter, their grown sons Josh and Tony, and their daughter-in-law Cristina.
They have restored the Ranch to its glory days of the 30s, 40s, and 50s. The Hacienda has become our family home, and the old “dude ranch” rooms have become B&B guest rooms.
Rancho Santa Cruz offers you an opportunity to experience the Old West lifestyle and a piece of history that is almost lost in time.
Rancho Santa Cruz features guest rooms and porches, a dining room and an art gallery, a pool and barbeque area, a game room and a horseshoe pit, and trails for birdwatching and horseback riding.
Every morning we make for you a custom home-cooked, ranch-style breakfast.
And the Ranch is a great place to have your event. Our Main Courtyard features lush lawn and elegant lighting.
We look forward to your company!
Santa Gertrudis Casitas offer a natural warmth and sense of connection with country life and the areas historic past. The casitas are spacious, meticulously kept, offering full kitchens and modern amenities including cable and WIFI. There is amply room to walk about the 8-acre property and visit the chickens, goats and ponies or enjoy a dip in the swimming pool. The Anza hiking trail is just a short walk from the casitas as is the nearby Santa Cruz River, a haven for birding.