• El Tiradito Wishing Shrine - Tucson, Arizona

      wishing shrine
      Photo by Osie Turner
      The El Tiradito Wishing Shrine is a Tucson landmark dating back to the city's pioneer days. Legend has it that a young ranch hand, Juan Oliveras, was involved in an affair with an older married woman. He was murdered by her jealous husband and a small shrine was built on the spot. Afterwards, Juan and his shrine took on a folk-saint status that remains to this day. El Tiradito is an important part of Tucson's Hispanic cultural tradition and is a registered historical site.

      If you go:
      The shrine is within the historical Barrio Viejo, one of the city's oldest Mexican-American neighborhoods. It is on the edge of downtown Tucson and provides a stark contrast to the modern and flashy metropolitan area. Rumor has it that if you light a candle and make a wish, the wish will be granted if the candle burns through the night. El Tiradito can be visited anytime, but it is best experienced just after sunset when the candles are sure to be burning.


      418 South Main Avenue
      Tucson, Arizona 85701 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Tucson Parks and Recreation
      +1 (520) 791-4873

      Comments 2 Comments
      1. Pmount's Avatar
        Pmount -
        Thanks for highlighting this unique site in Tucson. It is always a stop we make with visiting friends and family. One of the many things that makes Tucson a unique and great place to visit, and live. The restuarant next door, El Minuto, is always a great place for local food.
      1. Mark Sedenquist's Avatar
        Mark Sedenquist -

        Great to know ab out the restaurant next door!