Spanish Mission Trail

Missions y Presidios de California

There are “officially” 21 Missions that make up California’s Historic Mission Trail in what was once known as Alto California. And, five Presidios were built to protect these Missions. [Google Map]

In 2010, we made it our quest to try and find all these historical missions. Our journeys started in California with the SoCal Mission Quest (SMQ), where the goal was to visit the Spanish Missions between San Diego and Santa Barbara. After this, we headed to San Francisco to continue Mission explorations in the North (dubbed the NorCal Mission Quest). Listed below are our journeys.

The two lost and forgotten Missions of California are listed below the “official” list.

The Lost/Forgotten Missions in California

Shortly after finishing the NorCal Mission Quest (California), we discovered that there are two more Missions in along the Colorado River. These are not officially listed as California Missions even though both are marked as California Historical Landmarks.

Missions de Arizona

    Mission Nuestra Señora de los Dolores (1687)
    Mission Los Santos ángeles de Guevavi (1691)
    Mission San Cayetano de Tumacácori (1691)
    Mission San Xavier del Bac (1699)
    Mission San José de Tumacácori (1751)
    Mission San Cayetano de Calabazas (1756)

Missions de Baja California

    Mission San Bruno (1683)
    Mission de Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó (1697)
    Visita de San Juan Bautista Londó (1699)
    Mission San Francisco Javier de Viggé-Biaundó (1699)
    Mission San Juan Bautista Malibat (Misión Liguí) (1705)
    Mission Santa Rosalía de Mulegé (1705)
    Mission San Jose de Comondú (1708)
    Mission La Purísima Concepción de Cadegomó (1720)
    Mission de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de La Paz Airapí (1720)
    Mission Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de Huasinapi (1720)
    Mission Santiago de Los Coras (1721)
    Mission Nuestra Señora de los Dolores del Sur Chillá (1721)
    Mission San Ignacio Kadakaamán (1728)
    Mission Estero de las Palmas de San José del Cabo Añuití (1730)
    Mission Santa Rosa de las Palmas (Misión Todos Santos) (1733)
    Mission San Luis Gonzaga Chiriyaqui (1740)
    Mission Santa Gertrudis (1752)
    Mission San Francisco Borja (1762)
    Mission de Calamajué (Visita de Calamyget) (1766)
    Mission Santa María de los Ángeles (1767)
    Mission San Fernando Rey de España de Velicatá (1768)
    Visita de la Presentación (1769)
    Mission Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario de Viñacado (1774)
    Visita de San José de Magdalena (1774)
    Mission Santo Domingo de la Frontera (1775)
    Mission San Vicente Ferrer (1780)
    Mission San Miguel Arcángel de la Frontera (1787)
    Mission Santo Tomás de Aquino (1791)
    Mission San Pedro Mártir de Verona (1794)
    Mission Santa Catarina Virgen y Mártir (1797)
    Visita de San Telmo (1798)
    Mission El Descanso (Misión San Miguel la Nueva) (1817)
    Mission de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe del Norte (1834)

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