EL DESCANSO 32°12'19.62" 116°54'19.24" Located behind a church that can be seen from
the Ensenada toll road. An exit just north once was signed for the mission,
but has been renamed 'Rancho Descanso'. Access from the free road along the
lagoon/ arroyo, under the toll road bridge (south of the Cantamar sand dunes).
The original site (1810-1830) and fort location (Descanso-1/Fort) is to the south
of the arroyo, on the hill: 32°11'59.40" 116°54'30.00"
SAN MIGUEL 32°05'39.10" 116°51'15.03" Located right on the free road in La Mision,
next to a school on the north side of the road.
GUADALUPE 32°05'30.50" 116°34'30.50" Located on a dirt street off the entrance paved road
going through Guadalupe (Francisco Zarco) from Highway 3.
SANTA CATALINA 31°39'38.10" 115°49'16.00" Located on a hilltop overlooking a
cemetery on the far side of the community of Santa Catarina, east of Ejido Independencia off Hwy. 3.
SANTO TOMAS-1 31°34'11.00" 116°28'50.00" Located by an oak grove picnic and camping area off
the road to La Bocana, 3.9 miles from Hwy. 1.
SANTO TOMAS-2 31°34'24.30" 116°27'58.70" Located north of the La Bocana road
in a pepper field, 2.8 miles from Hwy. 1.
SANTO TOMAS-3 31°33'30.00" 116°24'48.90" Located next to the El Palomar campground on Hwy. 1.
SAN VICENTE 31°19'47.90" 116°15'33.00" Located a short drive west of Hwy. 1,
north of San Vicente. Well signed.
SAN PEDRO MARTIR 30°47'24.25" 115°28'20.85" Located over 5,000 feet above sea level
and requires 2 days of backpacking to reach.
(Visita) SAN ISIDORO 30°45'55.17" 115°32'49.81" Located on the trail to
Mision San Pedro Martir, several hours walk from the nearest road.
SANTO DOMINGO 30°46'15.20" 115°56'14.00" Located 5 miles east of Hwy. 1, just
north of the Arroyo Santo Domingo bridge, north of Colonia Vicente Guerrero. Signed.
ROSARIO-1 30°04'01.00" 115°43'08.00" Located just off Hwy. 1 in El Rosario. Signed. ROSARIO-2 30°02'29.00" 115°44'20.80" Located in the town of Rosario de Abajo, just over a mile from Hwy. 1.
SAN FERNANDO VELICATA 29°58'16.52" 115°14'12.20" Located about 4 miles from Hwy. 1.
Signed turnoff at Rancho Progreso.
(Visita) SAN JUAN DE DIOS 30°10'57.61" 115°10'04.50" Located above the east side of the arroyo,
next to the road to Rancho El Metate, 22 miles from Hwy. 1.
(note: site obliterated by farmer in 2008)
(Historic spring on El Camino Real) AGUA DULCE 29°52'58.70" 114°49'25.00"
Located 2 miles east from Hwy. 1 at Km. 160-161.
SANTA MARIA 29°43'54.50" 114°32'50.16" Located 14.5 miles from
Rancho Santa Ynez over an extreme 4WD road.
CALAMAJUE 29°25'16.30" 114°11'42.36" Located 15.5 miles north of Hwy. 1 (Km. 261) or
14 miles east and south of Coco's Corner, on the east bank of Arroyo Calamajue.
(Historic water hole near El Camino Real) TINAJA DE YUBAY 29°10'41.37" 113°59'15.20"
Located north of the L.A. Bay highway off the road signed 'Rancho San Luis'.
SAN BORJA 28°44'40.37" 113°45'14.39" Well signed 21 miles south of L.A. Bay
highway or east of Hwy. 1 at Nuevo Rosarito.
(Visita) SANTA ANA 28°41'25.23" 113°49'14.31" Located south of the
San Borja/ Nuevo Rosarito road.
(Water hole near Golfo Camino Real) TINAJA DE SANTA MARIA 28°26'05.20" 113°20'01.40"
Located south from the old road to San Francisquito, south of Bahia de los Angeles
and just east of Rancho La Bocana (San Pedro).
SANTA GERTRUDIS 28°03'04.02" 113°05'07.17" Access roads from El Arco, Guillermo Prieto
and San Francisquito/ El Barril.
(Visita) SAN PABLO 27°42'07.81" 113°08'42.08" Located in San Pablo Canyon, east of Vizcaino.
Access may be restricted without a guide.
SAN IGNACIO 27°17'02.18" 112°53'56.12" Facing the town plaza of San Ignacio.
GUADALUPE 26°55'09.50" 112°24'20.60" Signed as the 'ex-mision' of Guadalupe, east of
San Jose de Magdalena in the mountains northwest of Mulege.
SANTA ROSALIA DE MULEGE 26°05'37.00" 111°59'09.30" On the south side of the river, just west of the highway bridge in Mulege.
(Visita) SAN JOSE DE MAGDALENA 27°03'40.33" 112°13'24.87" Just east of the
town on the south side of the arroyo, north of Mulege.
(Pila/ ag site for San Jose de Magdalena, mis-identified as Mision Santa Maria Magdalena)
27°03'29.10" 112°10'12.34" Located just outside the canyon 'Boca de Magdalena' east of
Palo Verde, north of Mulege. The stone building ruins are on both sides of the road
at 27°03'29.90" 112°10'07.40", 4.6 miles from Hwy. 1 at Km.162.5 (take left road at mile 3.7).
SAN JOSE DE COMONDU (1st site, 'Comondu Viejo') 26°16'27.40" 111°43'08.50" On the old
transpeninsular road between ranchos of San Juan and La Presa. 11 miles west of
hwy. 1 on the La Purisima road (south of Bahia Concepcion), turn south for 9 miles.
22 miles north of town of Comondu.
SAN JOSE DE COMONDU (final site) 26°03'34.59" 111°49'20.41" In the town of San Jose Comondu.
LA PURISIMA (1st site, 'Purisima Vieja') 26°18'34.48" 112°09'50.98" Located 16 miles
north of San Isidro, 3.4 miles south of Paso Hondo.
LA PURISIMA (final site) 26°11'25.60" 112°04'22.60" In the town of La Purisima.
SAN BRUNO (1683-1685 colony site) 26°13'57.50" 111°23'53.90" 14 miles north of Loreto near,
the coast on a hill.
LORETO 26°00'37.00" 111°20'35.80" In the center of town.
(Visita) SAN JUAN BAUTISTA LONDO 26°13'30.83" 111°28'24.51" About 17 miles north of Loreto
and just west of Hwy. 1, next to a ranch. Ruins visible from the highway.
SAN JAVIER 25°51'36.86" 111°32'36.99" 22 miles west and south from Loreto, well signed.
(Visita) LA PRESENTACION 25°43'45.00" 111°32'37.40" About 11 miles south of San Javier.
SAN JUAN BAUTISTA DE LIGUI/ DE MALIBAT 25°44'22.20" 111°15'51.00" (no remains, arroyo swallowed
ruins in 2001) At the southeast junction of the road to Playa Ligui and Ensenada Blanca,
just east of Hwy. 1, nine miles south of Puerto Escondido.
LOS DOLORES APATE 25°03'19.04" 110°53'03.33" Access by foot/ mule trail off road to Los Burros
about 15 miles norteast of La Presa and Los Dolores Chilla (La Pasion).
LOS DOLORES CHILLA (La Pasion) 24°53'14.4" 111°01'49.81" Just east of Rancho La Presa at Rancho
La Capilla off the road to San Pedro de la Presa.
SAN LUIS GONZAGA 24°54'29.00" 111°17'27.25" Off the road to Presa el Ihuajal,
10 miles south of Ciudad Constitucion.
(Visita) EL NOVILLO 23°55'48.60" 110°13'28.20" (perhaps a visita of the La Paz mission...
Pin location and GPS from Jack Swords)
(Visita) ANGEL DE LA GUARDA (EL ZALATO) 23°53'27.60" 110°10'14.80" (a visita of the La Paz mission)
SAN BLAS (a church from the 1760's village) down the hill from El Zalato 23°53'10.40" 110°09'16.21"
(view sideways and looking west)
There are two mission sites for Todos Santos.
The first site began as a visita for the La Paz mission (named 'Todos Santos'), then became a seperate
mission named 'Santa Rosa de las Palmas'... some stone walls are all that remain and a modern church
is built on the site: 23°27'37.30" 110°13'08.31"]
The La Paz mission (Nuestra Señora del Pilar de la Paz) moved from the Bay of La Paz to Todos Santos
and that ended the Santa Rosa mission... The second site is the location of the modern town church of Todos Santos, where the mission moved.
(Visita) SAN JACINTO 23°14'34.21" 110°04'37.20"
The original mission ruins for La Paz, Santiago and San Jose del Cabo are not visible or have
been built over by newer construction. The modern town church for Todos Santos, Santiago and
San Jose del Cabo are built on mission locations.
A plaque marks the possible first location for the La Paz mission. Details on the Baja missions: http://vivabaja.com/bajamissions