Tours from Tucson – Tumacácori

Located just off Interstate 19 roughly halfway between Tucson and the Mexican border are the remains of a former mission dating back to 1691, now maintained and protected as a National Historical Park. The obvious centerpiece of the park are the ruins of the final mission church which was begun in 1800 and never completed, but there are several other structures and foundations as well as a reconstructed mission garden and a young orchard which is being planted with fruit and varieties similar to what might have been in the original mission orchard. Most interesting to me were the numerous quince trees, particularly those with fruit on them – my first view (and smell) of quince nearly ripe for harvest.

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