Plan Your Visit
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
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?
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.