Getting Around: Quick Facts!
There are four missions in the National Park. From north to south: Mission Concepcion, Mission San José, Mission San Juan Capistrano, and Mission Espada. Each mission is about 2.5 miles from the next mission. It is very easy to drive from mission to mission, and parking is available at each mission site.
Along the River.
From the northernmost mission (Mission Concepcion) to the southernmost (Mission Espada) is about 6.5 miles. On an average day, it takes about 15 minutes to drive from the northernmost mission in the National Park to the southernmost. Each mission is situated near the San Antonio River, and are connected by Mission Rd.
Trails for Miles.
Approximately 10 miles of trail connects all four missions and extends north to The Alamo. The Hike & Bike Trail is a pedestrian only path that follows the San Antonio River. Pedestrians walk and bike on the trail. B-Cycle stations are located at each mission site, and you may rent a bike for a 24 hour period for $12. Remember to dock your bike every 60 minutes when renting a B cycle. If you are planning on hitting the trail, always bring adequate supplies and water. Summer months can be extremely hot in San Antonio and not much of the Hike & Bike Trail is shaded, so you should always carry water.
Bus Accessible.The missions are accessible by VIA bus line 42 and VIVA bus line 40. Visit the linked webpages for more information.
Admission at all four missions in San Antonio Missions NHP is free.
Park hours are sunrise to sunset every day. Park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Facilities at each mission have different operating hours, so be sure to read our operating hours before making your trip plans.
This brochure is provided by San Antonio River Authority (SARA) that oversees the river and the trail project. The Mission Riverwalk Hike and Bike Trail may temporarily close due to high water.
Para un mapa del parque en español, haz click aquí.
Directions to the San Jose Visitors Center from points throughout San Antonio.
Do you plan to travel to the park in an alternative fuel vehicle? If so, good for you! Your actions help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce petroleum use. There is an electric vehicle charging station at Mission San José. Locate alternative fuel charging stations in San Antonio with this link.
Mission San José
Last updated: December 3, 2018