Traveling in the southern part of Arizona near the Mexico border is home to a beautiful mission. Located between Nogales and Tubac stands Mission San José de Tumacácori.
Established by Father Kino in January 1691. The mission was moved to the present site on the west side of the Santa Cruz River and renamed San José de Tumacácori after the Pima rebellion of 1751. The mission would soon be abandoned in 1848 and left to deteriorate. After the Gadsden Purchase of 1854, the mission would become part of the US Arizona Territory. In 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt declared Tumacácori a National Monument and began efforts to restore the mission. Tumacácori National Monument has since became part of the new Tumacácori National Historical Park in 1990.
If your traveling near Nogales, Tumacácori National Historical Park is a must stop and see. The beauty and history is overwhelming and can't be appreciated from pictures alone. I visit the mission a few times per year. The feeling it gives me can't be explained but I am somehow drawn to this location and I'm left with a soothing sense of tranquility. Explore the site for yourself. I truly believe you will enjoy your time spent taking in the sites and sounds of Mission San José de Tumacácori.