It’s fall in the desert, and that means the temperatures are now cool enough to get outdoors and start exploring the Southwest together once more!

One of the places in Tucson that we had been wanting to see, but hadn’t yet had the opportunity, is one of the most historic neighborhoods in the city: Barrio Viejo. Read more about our day spent enjoying the history of, and getting our family photos taken in, Tucson’s Barrio Viejo.


Barrio Viejo, or, “the old neighborhood,” is one of the most significant cultural and historical communities in Tucson. It is comprised of colorful adobe homes that are reminiscent of old Mexico, and have been preserved since the 1850s-1900s.

Once home to many prominent families, immigrants, and leaders of the city in the 19th century, the expansive neighborhood was reduced to make way for the Tucson Convention Center, while other parts fell into disrepair. Fortunately, Barrio Viejo’s residents, along with historic preservationists, were inspired to renovate the community over 100 years later. Today, the neighborhood is again a vibrant commercial and residential center of Tucson that is home to St. Augustine Cathedral, and Teatro Carmen, and has even attracted celebrities like Diane Keaton.

We were thrilled when our new friend Kristi, of Kristi Harris Photography, asked if we wanted to explore the neighborhood with her for our family photos this year!


Thank you, Kristi, for showing us around Barrio Viejo, and for so beautifully capturing these photos of our family there!

Benjamin’s Outfit: Carter’s
Caitlin’s Outfit: Target
Roselyn’s Outfit: Target
Ryan’s Outfit: Target
Photography: Kristi Harris Photography
Venue: Barrio Viejo

Posted by:Caitlin Burm

Hi! I’m Caitlin, the creator of Burm Voyage, a blog sharing my family’s lives, moments, and travels across the U.S.

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