Visiting the Texas Missions

Although there were dozens of missions built in Texas, nothing remains of most of them. In fact, the exact location of many has been lost to time, although there are historical markers indicating their approximate positions.

There are just a few places in Texas that you can see interesting remains or reconstructions of the Spanish missions and presidios.

El Paso Area Missions

The mission buildings in the El Paso area – the far west of Texas – are quite different from the missions of San Antonio and Goliad.  They have a distinct “New Mexico” feel.

There are several sites worth seeing in the area:

San Antonio Area Missions

The San Antonio area has the largest concentration of well-preserved and reconstructed mission ruins and reconstructions.   In addition to The Alamo, best remembered for the battle in the Texas Revolution, there are several mission sites:

Goliad Area Missions

Goliad State Historical Park features the beautifully restored Mission Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga and Presidio La Bahia.

Weches Area Missions

Mission Tejas State Park features a reconstruction of Mission San Francisco de los Tejas, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.