La Purisima Mission Trails

Art from the Trail at Wildling Museum

connect to the outdoorsla purisima missionWhat to Expect: La Purisima Mission is home to 25 miles of hiking trails spread over 2,000 acres. A popular walk along the Las Zanjas trail curves around the agricultural fields to a cistern where the water from the nearby spring was used to irrigate the Mission’s crops. At the 2-mile point, the trail connects with the historic El Camino Real allowing visitors to loop back to explore the Mission church, living quarters, administration buildings, workshops, and the farm.

Description: La Purisima is the most fully restored mission, with over 20 buildings. There are plenty of interpretive signs and furnishings to make for a leisurely self-guided tour. Throughout the year, the park also offers various events and craft demonstrations with costumed docents recreating the daily life of the early 1800s at the Mission.

Trailhead: 2295 Purisima Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436

Directions: To reach the mission from the north or the south, take Highway 101 to Buellton. Take Exit 140A for Buellton / Solvang and head west. Proceed west on HWY 246 for about 18 miles. After the golf course, turn on to Purisima Road and travel approximately 1 mile to the Mission entrance on the right.

  • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Distance: 2.0 miles out and back
  • Grade Change: Less than 5%
  • Trail Layout: Loop
  • Surface: Dirt and sand
  • Average Width: 8 to 10 feet
  • Shade: Very little
  • Obstacles: Uneven terrain
  • Accessibility: Not rated
  • Restrictions: Dogs on leash
  • Emergency: Call 911

Special thanks to Wildling Museum of Art and Nature for creating Art from the Trails, a juried invitational exhibition, showcasing trail systems in Santa Barbara County. The exhibit is ongoing through October 3, 2021.