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 Through California's Past and Present

In his new book, author Sandy Brown names California as the journey's star. With turn-by-turn directions for an epic 800-mile long-distance trail, the author captures a slice of California's unique landscapes, people, history, and cultural heritage..

Something Old, Something New

Mission San Miguel

A Brief History of Mission San Miguel

Established as number 16 out of 21, Mission San Miguel has a unique feature: its interior murals, initially painted in the 1800s by …

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A Tour of Early California Architecture from San Diego to Sonoma

The Spanish missions of California represent the state’s oldest and richest architectural legacy. Established in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century by Franciscan …

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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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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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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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Drawing by Henry Chapman Ford

Turn of the Century Drawing of the Mission San Juan Bautista

In the summers of 1880 and 1881, while living in Santa Barbara, California, Henry C. Ford traveled by horse and buggy to each mission. In 1893, he exhibited his mission etchings at the Chicago World’s Fair. He died in 1894, leaving behind his California mission paintings.

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Missions Trail Story Map

From Ventura to San Luis Obispo

Our interactive Story Map features five missions in the Central Coast area of California. The journey begins with Mission San Buenaventura and travels approximately 150 miles north to Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

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Something Old, Something New

Missions Trail Story Map

From Ventura to San Luis Obispo

Our interactive Story Map features five missions in the Central Coast area of California. The journey begins with Mission San Buenaventura and travels approximately 150 miles north to Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

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