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Mission San Antonio de Padua

Five miles northwest of Jolon, Jolon, CA
+1 831-385-4478
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Wonderfully preserved Mission in quiet natural setting out of the way of bustle and busy

This is the 3rd oldest mission in California, and one of the least visited, It is one of the best... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Groveland, California
Worth the detour

Rustic, authentic and well-restored operating mission. We were so glad that we took the detour to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Foster City
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Five miles northwest of Jolon, Jolon, CA
+1 831-385-4478
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the 3rd oldest mission in California, and one of the least visited, It is one of the best preserved and most historic missions I have visited, and the location is one of natural beauty and wildlife. Put this mission on your list of...More

Thank CTBCalifornia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rustic, authentic and well-restored operating mission. We were so glad that we took the detour to visit Mission San Antonio de Padua. The courtyard is so tranquil and peaceful. The setting of this mission is beautiful and isolated. It’s almost like travel back in time...More

Thank Chicarita
Reviewed 6 October 2017

My wife and I are on a mission to visit all of the California Missions and the San Antonio Mission was on our list until we visited it this past weekend. It is off the beaten path so be prepared to drive 23+ miles off...More

2  Thank Gregg S
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This mission is in the middle of no where, but it is very interesting, and very well worth the effort to get here. You will likely have the place to your self.

Thank Matt T
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Discover this beautiful piece of history nestled off the beaten track in amongst the hills. Mission Antonia is approximately 28 miles along Jolon Rd off the 101 Fwy near King City (follow signs to the Fort Hunter Ligget Army base). You can be assured you...More

2  Thank jausbusa
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Mission San Antonio de Padua is on the grounds of the Fort Hunter Ligget Army base. Access is no problem - but it is not really close to the major freeway. If you are interested in early California history, the drive is absolutely worth it....More

1  Thank delfhedde
Reviewed 27 July 2017

A visit to this California mission is to take a step back in time. It was founded July 14, 1771 and due to Its remote location, looks like it would have almost 250 years ago. We attended the annual fundraiser, Evening in the Garden, which...More

Thank DandLtravel
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Founded in 1771 in a remote valley, the Mission San Antonio de Padua is an elegant place to understand the history and architecture of California missions. Remote and hidden for years on land owned by William Randolph Hearst and then a military base, Mission San...More

Thank HikingLee
Reviewed 13 May 2017

The retrofit project was in full swing during our brief visit but we still enjoyed seeing the exhibits and chatting with the woman running the gift shop. The most off-the-beaten-track of the 21 missions, Mission San Antonio de Padua sits in the middle of the...More

Thank Walker S
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

The mission is the best preserved CA mission site with many actual ruins of original structures on the premises. It is being rehabilitated so be sure to approach all the wings to see painted archways, etc. The drive there is also beautiful. We were coming...More

Thank travelingCAgal
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