Mission Trails Historic Sites

San Antonio Missions

The Mission Trails hike and bike trail includes San Antonio’s five Spanish colonial missions. Beginning at the northern end of the trail with Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo), the route encompasses the other four missions of Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan, and Espada. Features found along the route that were associated with life at the Missions include dams, acequias and other irrigation resources, agricultural fields or labores, and the aqueduct at Mission Espada.

Acequias

Acequias

One of the most significant accomplishments of the Spanish Colonial residents of San Antonio was their construction of a complex and expansive irrigation system comprising dams, gates, and...
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Mission Concepción (Mission Nuestra Senora de la Purisima Concepcion de Acuna)

Mission Concepción (Mission Nuestra Senora de la Purisima Concepcion de Acuna)

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísma Concepción de Acuña (Mission Concepción) is located approximately three miles south of downtown San Antonio. The mission was...
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Mission Espada (Mission San Francisco de la Espada)

Mission Espada (Mission San Francisco de la Espada)

Mission San Francisco de la Espada was established in San Antonio in 1731. Like two of the area’s other Spanish Colonial-era missions, it was relocated from East Texas, where it had...
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Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo)

Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo)

Mission San Antonio de Valero was founded in 1718 by Fray Antonio de Olivares. Olivares arrived in the San Antonio area in that year with Native American converts from Mission San Francisco Solano...
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Mission San Francisco Xavier de Najera Centennial Marker

Mission San Francisco Xavier de Najera Centennial Marker

The Mission San Francisco Xavier de Najera Centennial Marker is located along Mission Road, adjacent to the Riverside Golf Course. The Texas Centennial was a year-long, state-wide celebration of...
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Mission San José (Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo)

Mission San José (Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo)

Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo was founded by Father Antonio Margil de Jesus in 1720. Approval for its construction was granted in order to serve several Native American groups who...
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Mission San Juan (Mission San Juan Capistrano)

Mission San Juan (Mission San Juan Capistrano)

The history of Mission San Juan Capistrano is similar to that of two other nearby missions in that it was relocated to the San Antonio area from East Texas in 1731. Its purpose was also similar to...
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San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park was established in 1978 by the United States Congress. The Park includes four of San Antonio’s Spanish Colonial-era Missions as well as...
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