After admiring the mission’s facade, which dates back to the late 18th century, head inside to view the elaborate statuary, frescoes, and sculptures. Daily guided docent tours provide insight into the mission’s long history, religious heritage—it’s one of the few Arizona missions still led by Franciscans—and eclectic architecture, a mix of Spanish, Mexican, Baroque, and Native American elements. Be sure to visit the mission museum, where multimedia exhibitions focus on the mission’s history and restoration. Before you leave, take the time to light a prayer candle.
Sightseeing tours of Tucson typically include a visit to Mission San Xavier del Bac, while day trips from Phoenix often combine a tour of the mission with the historic town of Tombstone, Arizona.