Welcome to Tubac
Where Art & History Meet
Tubac is one of the oldest towns in Arizona, an 1800’s Spanish Presidio turned artist colony. Tubac offers a rich history as well as an artistic experience. Just a 45-minute drive south of Tucson, the blue skies and mountainous vistas surround this laid back community offering visitors a respite and retreat from the hustle of everyday life.
Tubac is a historic destination for the arts located in Southern Arizona about 40 miles south of Tucson and 17 miles north of Nogales off Interstate 19.
Nestled in the Santa Cruz River Valley between the Tumacacori, Santa Rita and San Cayetano Mountains, Tubac offers much to its visitors – recreation, lodging, restaurants, galleries, artists’ studios, the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, and the Tumacacori National Historical Monument.
Tubac features over 100 world class galleries and eclectic shops situated along our charming streets with hidden courtyards and flowing fountains.
The shops and galleries offer sculptures, ceramics, paintings, and photography, as well as unique crafts, jewelry, fashion, leather, and antique goods. Spending the day in Tubac is easy to do and promises to delight everyone!
Tubac is host to several locally owned restaurants and bars offering a vast array of choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails. Check out our restaurant guide here: Tubac Dining Guide
We have many options for lodging. Tubac boasts some outstanding B & B’s, Casitas, and the luxurious Tubac Golf Resort and Spa!
In addition to the shops and galleries visitors will want to visit the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, located in Old Town, where outdoor displays and an excellent museum bring the rich history of Tubac to life. No visit to Tubac is complete without a stop at, Arizona’s First State Park.
Tubac Dining Guide
Tubac and the surrounding area offers unique, family owned dining experiences, from small, intimate patios to high end tastefully presented settings. You won’t find any fast food chains here.
Tubac Lodging Guide
To really appreciate all that Tubac has to offer, whether you’re visiting for an art workshop, a conference, or just an escape from the hustle of city life, you’ll find a variety of lodging options like no other. Tubac offers unique lodging for short or long term stays, including quaint bed and breakfast options, historic rooms, and casitas with tons of history, to an upscale resort.
Destination Tubac & Tumacacori
Do the Big 3!
Tubac Presidio Park
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park preserves the site of the oldest Spanish presidio, or fort, in Arizona. Established in 1752, the Presidio San Ignacio de Tubac was the first European settlement in what later became the state of Arizona. No visit to Tubac is complete without a stop at Arizona’s first state park located in the heart of Tubac village.
Tumacacori National Historic Park
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 in conflict and sometimes in cooperation. Follow the timeworn paths and discover stories that connect us to enduring relationships, vibrant cultures, and traditions of long ago.
of the Arts
Tubac Center of the Arts has a long history dating back to the early 1960’s when a group of artists came together to establish a venue for artists to gather and to display their work. Today this established nonprofit center offers art exhibitions, a performing arts venue, a gift shop, a summer program for youth and a full schedule of events throughout the season.