California Missions Trail

Join us in supporting all initiatives to scout, map, mark, certify, sustain, and promote the California Missions Trail: an 800-mile route rooted in the past that provides spiritual, recreational, and economic benefits for the future.

Change the way you see the trail

Visit our bookstore for a good read about walking the California Missions Trail from Sonoma, just north of San Francisco, to San Diego or vice versa. A great way to learn more about the ins and outs of traveling on foot or by bicycle between the 21 Missions.

Buy memorabilia and support the trail

Make a contribution to support the wayfinding and upkeep of the California Missions Trail and receive a token of our appreciation in the form of a map, card, sticker or other memorabilia before, during or after following the mission to mission trail.

Find a gift for a friend or reward yourself

Travel in style with a commemorative bandana, hat or t-shirt from our micro store. All items feature the California Missions Trail logo. Proceeds from contributions support the ongoing development and certification of the trail route.

Which Missions Are In State Parks?

There are almost 300 State Parks in California. Three of them are connected to the historic missions. In Santa Barbara County, there is La Purisima Mission. Santa Cruz County has a mission complex that includes a single adobe building that was once...

A Journey to Five Missions Starts with a Single Step

Our Story Map combines interactive maps with multimedia to tell a visual story about following the California Missions Trail from the City of Ventura to the City of San Luis Obispo — from Mission San Buenaventura to Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

Something Old, Something New

Santa Barbar Mission Blueprint

A Tour of Early California Architecture from San Diego to Sonoma

[coming soon] The Spanish missions of California represent the state’s oldest and richest historical legacy. Established in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century …

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Mission San Buenaventura

Mission San Buenaventura

All that remains of the original mission is the church and its garden. A small museum sits at the mission with displays of Chumash …

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Guess Who is Walking the Trail from Sonoma to San Diego?

In his latest project, travel guide and author Sanford “Sandy” Brown is making preparations to write a guidebook for the California Missions Trail, the 815-mile walking/biking itinerary…

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El Camino Real Postcard

The Road the Famous Fathers Trod

Postcards from the first half of the 20th century give us a glimpse of the past. The route shown on the postcard below …

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Mission La Purisima Concepción

La Purísima Mission State Historic Park is within the California State Parks System

Mission La Purísima was originally established at a site known to the Chumash people as Algsacpi and to the Spanish as the plain of Río Santa Rosa, one mile south of Lompoc. 

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Mission Santa Bárbara

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Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

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Mission Santa Inés

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