Jolon, California: California's Loneliest Spanish Mission

California's 21 Missions are usually popular tourist spots - except for this one, far off the nearest highway, isolated on the edge of an army base. Founded in 1771, grounds cover 80 acres. The Mission has its own museum.

Mission San Antonio de Padua

Address:
Mission Rd, Jolon, CA
Directions:
Mission San Antonio de Padua. US Hwy 101 exit 252. Drive west on Hwy G18/Jolon Rd for 21 miles. Turn left onto Mission Rd. Drive 5.5 miles (road turns sharply left, then right). At this point you'll be skirting Fort Hunter Liggett. Bear left at the little "Mission" sign; you'll see the mission straight ahead.
Hours:
Tu-Su 10-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
831-385-4478
Admission:
Free, donations welcome.
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Mission San Antonio.

California's Loneliest Spanish Mission

Mission San Antonio was closed, and rather hard to see past the gate. Looks like they are in need of some serious roof repair, as the building has a big blue tarp over much of it and there are signs promoting an upcoming fundraiser BBQ and to "give generously for the retrofit project." Catch you next time San Antonio, a lonely place indeed! There is a nifty looking Hearst Hacienda Lodge on the adjoining military reserve, have to check that out instead.

[Jolene, 06/04/2016]

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