17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
The River

Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O'odham Nation San Xavier Indian Reservation. The site is also known in the O'odham language as "goes in" or comes in: meaning "where the water goes in", as the water in the Santa Cruz came up to the surface a couple of miles south of Martinez HIll and then submerged again near Los Reales Wash. The Santa Cruz River that used to run year round in this section, once critical to the community's survival, now runs only part of the year.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2017
Date Uploaded: 06.2019
Photo Location: Tucson, Arizona, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Copyright: © Ivona Redlinska