Spanish Colonial Missions of the Southwest Travel Itinerary

By Spanish Colonial Missions of the Southwest Travel Itinerary

Visit the unforgettable architecture of Spanish colonial heritage in the U.S.!

The National Park Service invites you to travel the National Historic Trails, units of the National Park System, and other places listed in the National Register of Historic Places that bring alive the stories of Spanish colonial missions in the Southwestern United States. Missions were communities aimed at converting American Indians to Roman Catholicism and to Spanish ways of life.

San José de los Jémez Mission and Gíusewa Pueblo Site, view of steps
View of the steps of the church entrance and altar steps, decorated with farolitos, or little lanterns, are a Christmas tradition in Northern New Mexico.

Photo by Larry Lamsa- courtesy Flickr Creative Commons.

The Spanish Colonial Missions of the Southwest Travel Itinerary offers several ways to discover and experience these historic places:

 Descriptions of each featured destination that highlight the significance of the places, their stories, and how the sites have changed over time.  Photographs, other illustrations, and information for planning your visit are also included

Essays written by experts in the study of Spanish colonial missions provide the historical background. 

Maps help visitors plan what to see and do and get directions to places to visit. 

• The Learn More section provides links to relevant tourism, history, preservation, general information. 

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Last updated: March 8, 2016