La Purísima Mission State Historic Park

EFFECTIVE (September 8, 2020) - Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors.
As a reminder, Californians are encouraged to avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet from others who are not from the immediate household members cannot be maintained, and avoid congregating. Everyone has the responsibility to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some additional guidelines for people visiting La Purisma Mission State Historic Park:

What is open now?
The following is open at this park:

  • The day-use parking lot and cost is $6 per vehicle.
  • Kiosks will be staffed for informational services only. No cash or credit card transactions will be handled by staff.
  • Day-use fees can be paid upon arrival through https://www.passportparking.com/. Additionally, there is an Automated Pay Machine which accepts credit cards.
  • Restrooms will be open. State Parks is operating in compliance with state and local health orders and guidelines.

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this park:

  • Park office.
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?

Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. Expect that trails, boardwalks and sidewalks do not provide six feet distance, Always have your face covering at hand. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Statewide, California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. Even though the department has increased access across the State Park System, the need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.

For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(805) 733-3713

Park Hours

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Closed: New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs allowed on multipurpose trail or road. Dogs not allowed in the historic buildings or visitor center.

Driving Directions to La Purísima Mission SHP

The park is about two miles northeast of Lompoc.
Driving time from Lompoc takes about 5 to 15 minutes depending on your location. Visitors can also bike, jog, or walk to the mission from Lompoc.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

Virtual School Programs

Bring your lessons to life at California’s most completely restored mission. La Purisima Mission State Historic Park is an ideal place to explore the stories and challenges of the people who lived here as well as the crafts and technologies of the mission era. Each tour is 45 minutes in length to fit into your class period.  This school year we are offering guided tours, living history tours and focus tours. You are not limited to any one tour, you may choose the tour or tours that best fit your lesson plan. For all details visit the Virtual school 20/21 link.     

History

Misión la Purísima Concepción de María Santísima (Mission of the Immaculate Conception of Most Holy Mary) was founded by Father Presidente Fermin de Lasuén on December 8, 1787.  It was the 11th of 21 Franciscan Missions established in Alta California.

A major earthquake on December 21, 1812, destroyed many of the mission buildings.  Father Mariano Payeras received permission to relocate the mission community four miles to the northeast in La Cañada de los Berros, next to El Camino Real.  La Purísima Mission was officially established in its new location on April 23, 1813.  Materials salvaged from the buildings destroyed by the earthquake were used to construct the new buildings, which were completed within ten years.

The end of the California missions came in 1834, when the Mexican government, which had gained independence from Spain, transferred control of the missions from the Catholic Church to civil authorities.  The property passed into private ownership and the mission buildings fell into ruin.  In 1933,  the Union Oil Company deeded several parcels to the State of California.  Under direction of the National Park Service, the Civilian Conservation Corps restored or reconstructed many of the mission’s adobe buildings. 

Today, La Purísima Mission State Historic Park is considered the most completely restored mission in California, with ten of the original buildings fully restored and furnished, including the church, shops, living quarters, and blacksmith shop.  The mission gardens and livestock represent what would have been found at the mission during the 1820’s.  Special living history events are scheduled throughout the year.  A visitor center features information, displays and artifacts, and a self-guided tour gives visitors the opportunity to step back in time for a glimpse of a brief, turbulent period in California’s history.

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