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Experience Arizona Artistry and Culture in Tubac

by Eugenia Lazaris

Jan 4, 2023

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The beauty of Arizona is undeniable — from the distinctive southwest architecture and breathtaking desert landscape to the handicrafts and artwork of talented local artists, there is plenty to take in, especially in Tubac. This tiny artists’ colony, locally known as the Village of Tubac, is nestled in Santa Cruz County in Southern Arizona, about an hour’s drive south of Tucson. Tubac is not only steeped in history but is also home to an impressive assortment of shops, art galleries and restaurants, making it well worth a drive for family travelers in Arizona.

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Originally established as a mission farm in 1691, the area eventually became the O’odham village of Tubac in 1737, before turning into the first European settlement in Arizona in 1752 (known as Presidio of San Ignacio de Tubac). When the Gadsden Purchase made the area part of the United States in 1854, Tubac officially joined the nation, and the area continued to evolve. Tubac soon started attracting artists of all types who took inspiration from the area’s native cultures, local wildlife and the culture of the peoples who helped build Tubac’s history.


Today, Tubac thrives as a successful artists’ colony, welcoming visitors to wander the streets and explore the many shops and galleries calling the area home. Festivals run throughout the year, drawing visitors to enjoy the shops, taste the local flavors and discover the talents of both established and up-and-coming artists. Whether shopping for handcrafted rugs, bags and blankets at Tubac Old World Imports; tasty organic chocolates sweetened with local honey at Untamed Confections; or simply relaxing while taking in the beautiful artwork on display at Tubac Center for the Arts, there is something for everyone.


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