La Purisima Mission State Historic Park

Description

If you drive along Rte. 246 and then take Purisima Road about three miles northeast of Lompoc, you'll come upon La Purisima Mission State Historic Park. Of the 21 Spanish missions in California, this is the one to see if you really want to get a feel for mission life in the early 19th century. Artisans employed during the Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps faithfully restored the ruined mission to its former state, using authentic period methods and tools right down to paint colors extracted from native plants. Fruits, herbs, and vegetables of the period grow in the gardens. On scheduled living-history days in summer, volunteers dressed as Chumash Indians and Franciscan monks re-enact life as it may have been at the mission. After you've toured the church and the priests' quarters, stroll any portion of the 25 miles of trails that twine throughout the 1,900 acres of parkland. La Purisima Mission State Historic Park is open daily for self-guided tours 9 AM to 5 PM (except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day). Free guided tours are offered at 1 PM. Parking costs $4 per car.

Address

2295 Purisima Rd
Lompoc, CA 93436

Lat/Long

34.66894400, -120.42140100
Visit Website
(805) 733-3713

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