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South Central Arizona

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South Central Arizona is a region in Arizona, a state of the United States of America.


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  • Tumacácori National Historical Park, 1891 E Frontage Rd, Tumacacori (50 miles south of Tucson on I-15, Exit 29), 520-398-2341, [1]. 9am-5pm daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. This park protects the photogenic ruins of three Jesuit Spanish missions. Of the three, only the Mission San José de Tumacácori is open to the public, with a small museum and gift shop. $3 (adults).  edit
  • La Fiesta de Tumacácori, 1891 E Frontage Rd, Tumacacori (at Tumacácori National Historical Park), [2]. A colorful two-day fiesta held annually on the first full weekend in December. The fiesta features food, crafts, and performances by regional Native American and Mexican dancers and musicians. Free.  edit
  • Christmas Eve Tumacácori Luminaria, 1891 E Frontage Rd (at Tumacácori National Historical Park). Dusk. In an annual Mexican tradition, thousands of paper lanterns are set in and around the mission church and grounds. It is a beautiful experience, and well worth the effort to see. People start queuing about an hour before dusk. Free.  edit
  • Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, One Burruel St, Tubac, 520-398-2252, [3]. 9am-5pm daily. Preserves the ruins of the Tubac Presidio, a Spanish fortress, as well as a few other buildings, one of which houses a small museum. The neighboring old town of Tubac is now an artists' colony, with many of the buildings nicely restored. $5 (adults).  edit
  • Annual Mariachi Festival, Patagonia Lake State Park (see listing below), [4]. in May. A one-day festival featuring musical performances by a number of southern Arizona mariachi bands. Food available, or bring a picnic. $15 per vehicle.  edit
  • Empire Ranch, Hwy 83 (south of I-10, turn east between mileposts 39 and 40), 520-439-6400, [5]. Dawn to dusk. A beautifully-situated historic ranch from the 1860s. The adobe ranch house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the property is now managed as part of the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.[6] The area offers good opportunities for a range of outdoor activities, including birding, hiking, and horseback riding. Free.  edit
  • Kentucky Camp, Santa Rita Mountains (east of Hwy 83, south of I-10), 877-444-6777, [7]. A ghost town and former mining camp which is maintained by the Coronado National Forest. A few buildings have been restored, and for a unique experience visitors can rent one of the buildings for an overnight stay.  edit

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  • Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch, Interstate 10 between Tucson and Phoenix Exit #219, take the frontage road SE, [8]. The ostrich will eat right out of your hand if you are brave enough, or there are feed chutes for the more conservative feeders. The deer are sweet and gently eat from your hand. The Rainbow Lorikeet Forest is a new attraction with small parrots that land on you and eat nectar out of your cup. There is also shopping for ostrich products. $5.  edit
  • Tubac Golf Resort and Spa, One Otero Rd. Tubac, AZ 85646, 520-398-2211, [9]. Play golf, Relax, and Shop at the Tubac Golf Resort. Activities include: strolling through the Tubac artist colony, attending a local culinary class, hiking on meandering paths or summiting Arizona's highest peaks, mountain biking, horseback riding, touring nearby wineries, stargazing from a 9,000 foot observatory, or taking in the nightlife at our local casino.  edit
  • Anza Day Mass, Tumacácori National Historical Park, [10]. Once a year in October Catholic Mass is held in the mission church, with participants dressed in period costume. This is a very popular event, registration is required. Free.  edit
  • Patagonia Lake State Park, 400 Patagonia Lake Rd, Patagonia (Hwy 82, south of Patagonia), 520-287-6965, [11]. Popular for fishing, camping, bird watching, and hiking. $10 per vehicle.  edit
  • Annual Sonoita Horse Races, 3142 Hwy 83, Sonoita (Sonoita Fairgrounds), 520-455-5553, [12]. Held in May. A weekend of live races with Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, with betting and food. $10 (adults).  edit
  • Labor Day Rodeo, 3142 Hwy 83, Sonoita (Sonoita Fairgrounds), 520-455-5553, [13]. A three-day traditional rodeo, held annually in September. $10 (adults).  edit


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  • De Anza Restaurante & Cantina, Tubac, (520) 398-8392. Very good margartias and Mexican cuisine. $8-$20
  • Lupe's, 35530 N Highway 7779, Oracle, (520) 818-7855. Simple, but tasty Mexican food. If you get the beef, make sure it's the machaco (shredded). $7-$10.
  • Nonna Maria's Pizza, 2161 Rockliffe Blvd., Oracle, (520) 896-3522. Tasty Italian food (pizza, pasta, calzones) in a casual, but attractive setting. Family run, with paintings by the chef/owner on the wall. $8-$12.

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