Saturday, December 2, 2023


Arizona’s Tumacacori Mesquite Sawmill

Tumacacori Mesquite Sawmill offers free tours. (Julianne G. Crane)

There are a number of RV Short Stops along this stretch of I-19 south of Tucson, Ariz., between Green Valley and Nogales. (See other links at end of this post.)

RVer Bill Knowles searches remnants. (Julianne G. Crane)

One afternoon traveling along the frontage road between Tubac and Rio Rico, we pulled over at the Tumacacori Mesquite Sawmill located in the beautiful Santa Cruz Valley, in the historic community of Tumacacori, 20 miles north of the Mexican border in the heart of the mesquite bosque (forest) region of the Sonoran Desert.

Mesquite furniture

Owner Art Flores was out in the yard with a chain saw cutting up pieces of Velvet Mesquite. He stopped his work to tell us a little about the sawmill.

It seems since 1982, the sawmill has been providing customers across the United States with the finest mesquite lumber, burls, posts, limbs, stumps, custom finished interiors and crafts.

Flores and his wife, Valerie, welcome visitors who are interested in seeing “the transformation from mesquite logs to stunning one-of-a-kind heirlooms and learning about this true desert treasure.”

Tumacacori Mesquite Sawmill
2007 E. Frontage Road
Tumacacori, Arizona 85640
Ph: (520) 398-9356
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Sunday.

Other RV Short Stops posts about this region include:

– One on the charming tourist town of: Tubac, Arizona = Southwest art, pottery, clothing, food, history

– Then for the nearby Tumacacori Mission click here.

– Other local places to visit, include: the Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Co. and the Tumacacori Outpost, with its hodge-podge of antiques and collectibles.

To read more RV lifestyle articles written by Julianne G. Crane, go to

Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”



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