La Purisima Mission State Park
Founded in 1787, the La Purisima Mission land holdings once covered nearly 470 square miles. Bordered by the Santa Maria River in the North and the Gaviota coastline in the South, the land was home to the Chumash people and Spanish settlers. The mission was best known for its hides and blankets, and at its peak inhabitants herded as many as 24,000 cattle and sheep.
Today, history lives at La Purisima. The most extensively restored mission in the state, La Purisima hosts over 200,000 visitors each year for recreation and a chance to explore California’s heritage.
We are open nearly every day for self-guided tours, and frequently the park provides a re-creation of life hereduring the 1820’s, when the residents engaged in weaving, pottery making, candle making, blacksmithing, livestock production, and leatherwork.
In addition to the restored original buildings, the nearly 2,000 acre park is home to 25 miles of hiking trails, a modern Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall, and livestock.
This website is presented by Prelado de los Tesoros de la Purisima. Our name, loosely translated, means “Keepers of the Treasures of La Purisima.”
We invite you to explore the website’s four main areas: Visit, Learn, Join and Shop. The Visit menu explains how best to experience the mission for yourself, including driving directions, building maps, and an extensive photo gallery. The audience for the Learn menu is students and teachers. Each year we are a destination for thousands of children as part of our Student Learning History Days program. The Join menu explains how you can become part of the Mission experience.
Prelado is a non-profit, volunteer organization that assists the staff at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park preserve history and provide quality educational programs for park visitors.
Mision La Purisima Concepcion de Maria Santisima was founded on December 8, 1787 by Franciscan Padre Presidente Fermin Francisco Lasuen. La Purisima was the eleventh mission of the twenty-one Spanish Missions established in what later became the state of California.