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

    San Antonio Missions

    National Historical Park Texas

Park Statistics

Annual Visitation:
2001 – 1,335,788 2004 – 978,234
2002 – 1,475,315 2005 – 1,048,425
2003 – 1,309,638 2006 – 1,197,683

Almost 60% of park visitors are over 45 years of age; 85% of visitor groups have at least one member from out of town; 8% are international visitors; 44% are from Texas.

Hours of Operation:

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year round; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.

Operating Budget:

$3.2 million federal appropriation. Approximately $1 million in fiscal year 2007 for special projects from the National Park Service, Los Compadres (the park friends group), and Western National Parks Association (the cooperating association)

Staffing:

Approximately 45 employees; Volunteers 120; Cooperating Association 3.

Land Acquisition:

Total acreage – 819, approximately 623 in public ownership.

Current Projects:

Returning water to the San Juan Acequia

Implementation of the Mission Trails Project

Restoration of the Ethel Harris Education Discovery Center

Design and Installation of the Mission San Juan Museum

Major Future Projects:

Spanish Colonial Demonstration Farm at Mission San Juan

Development of Ranch de las Cabras near Floresville

Did You Know?

The four churches within San Antonio Missions National Historical Park are active Catholic churches.

that the four churches within San Antonio Missions National Historical Park are active Catholic parish churches? While they have not been in continuous operation since established in the early 1700s, many parishioners today are direct descendants of the mission Indians who built the churches.