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Southwestern Mission Research Center

Committed to promoting and fostering education, research and preservation relating to the Spanish Borderlands for over 50 years


The Southwestern Mission Research Center is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. We’re committed to the cause of supporting Spanish Borderlands research and education. Our Kino Missions tours introduce people to the history and culture of the Pimería Alta, in the Sonoran Desert of Mexico and Arizona. Proceeds from these tours enable us to sponsor important scholarship on a broader level, assist with publications, and promote education. Furthermore we engage in cooperative restoration projects with the mission communities.


Explore our website to learn more about Spanish colonial missions. Most of all you will find out about the work of the Southwestern Mission Research Center.

Upcoming SMRC Mission Tours

Retrace the steps of Father Kino and the missionaries who followed him. You’ll be guided by scholars and enthusiasts who know and love the region. Most noteworthy they volunteer their time to share their knowledge of the Spanish borderlands missions with others.


In the News…

Anza Family Fun Day Celebration at Tubac Presidio State Park

Head over to Tubac Presidio State Park on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm, as they celebrate Anza Family Fun Day. Anza Day reflects Tubac’s Spanish history and provides educational engagement of youngsters in this significant event in Tubac’s history. In...

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60th Anniversary Celebration for Tubac Presidio State Park

Tubac Presidio State Park is celebrating their 60th anniversary on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 from 8:30 am - 5 pm. There will be archaeological, art history and Presidio tours in the morning (call for reservations). There will also be presentations, new exhibits, special...

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