Thanksgiving Weekend 2005

We visit both sites of the Santo Tomas mission, then take an off road excursion into the high country north-east of El Rosario to see great boojum forests and discover petroglyphs! Finally we have another look at both sites for the mission of El Rosario.

1st site for Mision Santo Tomas de Aquino 1791-1799

The first location of the Santo Tomas mission is 3.9 miles from Hwy. 1, just 1/4 mile off the Puerto Santo Tomas graded road at 31°34.18', 116°28.80' (NAD27).

Very little remains of the adobe mission walls 206 years after the mission was moved to the final location along Hwy. 1, where the town of Santo Tomas is. In the background is a recreation facility building in a campground.

This nice oak tree campground along the Santo Tomas river looked inviting, just north of the mission ruins. Take the Puerto Santo Tomas road for 3.6 miles then turn left and cross the river, pass a ranch and reach the site at mile 3.9.

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