San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that preserves four of the five Spanish frontier missions in San Antonio. These missions were established by Catholic religious orders that intended to spread Christianity among the local natives. They formed part of a colonization system across the Spanish Southwest in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The missions are: Mission Concepción, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada.
The fifth mission in San Antonio is the Alamo and it is not part of the Park. It is owned by the State of Texas and it is located in Downtown San Antonio. It was operated by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas until July 2015. The same year, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. This National Park has gone through different restoration, adding hiking, biking, and paddling trails. Visitors can experience the Missions by walking, biking or taking the bus routes.
With free admission, you can access the Park every day from sunrise to sunset. Each mission is about 2.5 miles from the next mission. It is very easy to drive or even walk from one to the other one, and parking is available at each mission site. All four of the mission sites at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park contain active catholic parishes that you can visit during regular services. And if you would like to plan your visit in advance, remember to download online the map of the Park.
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