Heritage & Culture
Native American culture meets Mexican and Spanish colonial history.
Travel Through Tucson's Rich History
Arizona only became a state in 1912, and the region—formerly part of Mexico—wasn't even a U.S. territory until the 1840s. The area is also one of the earliest inhabited areas of the country, with evidence of Hohokam settlements dating back thousands of years.
All of these elements make Tucson one of the most culturally rich cities of the West and a mecca for history buffs looking for a truly distinctive lens into America's past.
Expand your mind and see history in a new light as you observe ancient Native American sites at Murray Springs and Signal Hill, follow the trails of early Spanish explorers, witness a reenactment of the shootout at OK Corral, and travel deep into Arizona's copper mining past.
Historic Anza Trail
Follow the trail the Spanish took to colonize California.
Walk in the footsteps of Wyatt Earp, Pancho Villa, and Cochise.
From Native American warriors and Spanish conquistadors to the U.S. cavalry and Cold War missiles.
Missions & Churches
Experience the beauty of sacred places dating back hundreds of years.
Our Rich Past
Unpack centuries of Native American clashes, Spanish colonization, Arizona's mining boom, and more.
Video: The Anza Campaign
Featured Heritage & Culture Events
Tucson Desert Art Museum: Delilah Montoya: Sed, The Trail of Thirst October 23, 2019 - February 28, 2020
Installation from this award-winning artist focuses on the hardships... Read More
Join us at the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum to make... Read More
Tubac's 6th Annual Traditional Day of the Dead Celebration October 27, 2019
The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park's celebration of Día de los... Read More