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

    San Antonio Missions

    National Historical Park Texas

Plan Your Visit

top photo: Mission San Juan after preservation in 2013; bottom photo: before preservation

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top photo: Mission San Juan after 2013 preservation; bottom photo: before preservation

Church Services

The four mission churches within San Antonio Missions National Historical Park are active catholic parishes, and hold regular services. They are open to park visitors during park hours, except for special services, such as weddings and funerals.

UPDATE (3/18/2014): The church at Mission Espada will be closed for preservation work between Easter 2014 and Christmas 2014. Services will be held at Santa Francisca X Cabrini, 1606 San Casimiro Street,San Antonio, TX 78214. The church office will be relocated to Juan Diego House on Mission Espada property. 210-627-2064

 
The park has over 180 species of birds, including the hummingbird and ibis.
The park has over 180 species of birds, including the
hummingbird and ibis.
 
San Juan Dam, Aqueduct, and Acequia

The dam (top), acequia irrigation ditch and aqueduct (bottom) make up part of Mission Espada's 270-year old irrigation system.

Things To See and Do, Briefly

When visiting San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, plan to spend at least a couple of hours - four hours if you have the time. Free guided tours, movies, and demonstrations are scheduled throughout the week.

Besides the four historic missions and their churches, check out the grist mill at Mission San José, and the 270-year old Espada acequia (irrigation system) with its dam and aqueduct.

The Spanish missions were established on the frontier and there are still portions of native habitat excellent for birding. A section of the original river can be viewed from the nature trail at Mission San Juan.

 

Did You Know?

Spanish mission vaquero herding cattle.

that the first cattle drives originated from the (San Antonio) Spanish missions in Texas? Vaqueros drove hundreds of cattle, sheep, and goats to Louisiana during the American War for Independence to supply American colonists. Spain's real intent was to weaken the British militarily and financially.