Mission San Xavier del Bac

Mission San Xavier Exterior

Mission San Xavier del Bac

On the Tohono O’Odham reservation lies the historic mission church of San Xavier. Dating from the 1780’s  the church was founded by the Spanish missionary, Father Kino and continues to serve the local Native American community to this day. Colloquially known as “The White dove of the Desert” the church is well preserved and the interior is very atmospheric with much of the original decoration still in place lit by devotional candles. The church is open to visitors except when mass is taking place. In general this is at 8:30 am. At any time you should be respectful of the fact that the church is in constant use for prayer.

statue at mission san xavier

Statue at Mission San Xavier

There is also a small museum in the church precinct and this is worth visiting to gain an understanding of the history.

Mission San Xavier

Candles at Mission San Xavier


The Mission is situated around 10 miles south of downtown Tucson and is easily reached via I 19. It can usefully serve as a stop off as part of a daytrip to destination South of Tucson or could easily be combined with a visit to the Pima Air Museum.



Mission San Xavier del Bac

Interior of Mission San Xavier

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