Tubac is located south of Tucson
between Green Valley and Nogales
along Interstate 19 near the United States/Mexico border.
It is believed that the Tubac area has been inhabited over 11,000 years. Jesuit missionary Father Francisco Eusebio Kino entered the Santa Cruz Valley in 1691, converting the natives, building missions, ranches and farms. A ghost town when the U.S. took possession after the Gadsden Purchase of 1853, Tubac returned to life in 1856.
Over the years, there have been many translations of the name Tubac. They include: "where the water comes out," "gray adobe house," "black water," and even "rotten."
There are several notable destinations in the Tubac area. They include the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, Tumacacori National Historical Park, Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, Madera Canyon, Pea Blanca Lake, and many others. Tubac offers a variety of dining, lodging, and entertainment options for visitors and residents.