Missions & Churches
Historic Churches of Old Bisbee
Experience the history of Old Bisbee through its historic churches. Visit the century-old Covenant Presbyterian Church built in 1903 by the Phelps Dodge Mining Company in the style of the Reformed Churches of Scotland with beautiful stained glass windows.
Next, walk uphill to the oldest church in Bisbee, the First Methodist Church (1900) and then on to St. John's Episcopal Church (1904), which has a magnificent Tiffany stained glass window. Conclude the tour at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church (1917). This is a basilica structure in the Gothic Revival style with 31 beautiful Victorian stained glass windows designed and produced in the Emil Frei studios.
After your church tour, enjoy lunch in Bisbee at the Copper Queen Hotel or the Bisbee Grille. If it's a Friday or Saturday, and it's dinner time, don't miss dinner at Café Roka.
Scenic Sierra Vista
Start this scenic journey around the Sierra Vista area, which supports about 350 bird species along the San Pedro River. Continue to Ramsey Canyon Preserve, located south of Sierra Vista, renowned for its outstanding scenic beauty and the diversity of its plant and animal life including 14 species of hummingbirds.
Finish the trip at Our Lady of the Sierras Shrine, near Ramsey Canyon. This shrine includes a 75-foot Celtic Cross, a 31-foot statue of the Madonna, and a small chapel. You can also travel the 600-foot walk up the mountainside to experience the fourteen Stations of the Cross.
More Mission & Church Ideas
Church Square is listed in Guinness Book of World Records as the only intersection in the nation containing four different churches: Southern Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Methodist. Open for services.
DeGrazia Mission in the Sun
An eclectic chapel built by the late world-famous Tucson painter Ted DeGrazia, and it is still covered with the artist's murals.
El Tiradito-The Wishing Shrine
Legend says your wish will come true if you light a candle in the evening and it burns all night. Downtown Tucson.
Holy Trinity Monastery
A Catholic monastery that sits on 132 acres and contains a pecan orchard, beautiful chapel, convent, and a cross tall enough to be seen from the highway. (520) 720-4642, off AZ Hwy. 80, near St. David, AZ.
Mission San Xavier del Bac
A brilliant white structure and is considered the Sistine Chapel of North America.
St. Ann's Catholic Church
It has been a place of worship in Tubac almost continuously for 250 years. (520) 398-2646, Tubac, AZ. Open for services.
St. Augustine Cathedral
It has a sandstone façade modeled after the Cathedral of Queretaro in Mexico. (520) 623-6351, downtown Tucson. Open for services.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
The oldest existing Protestant church in Arizona, constructed in 1881. Off AZ Hwy. 80, 3rd and Safford streets, Tombstone, AZ. Open for services.
St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church
Designed by Tucson architect Josias Joesler in 1936. (520) 299-6421, North Tucson. Open for services.
Tumacácori National Historical Park
A massive adobe ruin that was originally built around 1800 by Franciscan priests. Tubac, AZ.