• The churches of San Antonio were the heart of the Spanish colonal mission communities.

    San Antonio Missions

    National Historical Park Texas

Park Planning

The following links will take you to different management documents for San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

The National Park Service, in partnership with the San Antonio River Authority, is conducting a feasibility study to identify potential ways to connect sites and routes associated with El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trails to San Antonio Missions National Historical Park between Mission Espada and Rancho de las Cabras.

Public Meetings

NPS Feasibility Study Project Information


Reassessing Cultural Extinction: Change and Survival at Mission San Juan Capistrano, Texas, 2001
Table of Content
Chapters 1 - 3
Chapters 4 - 7
Chapters 8 -10
Appendices A - C
Appendices D - H

Did You Know?

Ruins of a home at Mission Espada

that Spanish missions were not churches? They were Indian towns, with the church as the focus, where, in the 1700s, the native people were learning to become Spanish citizens. In order to become a citizen, they had to be Catholic; that is why the King of Spain sent missionaries to acculturate them.