- December 8, 1787
- La Purisima
- Now a California State Historic Park, surrounded by approximately 2,000 acres of parkland. It is the most fully restored mission in California.
- La Purisima Concepción is the most completely restored California mission, with over twenty buildings. The mission was founded on December 8, 1787. This is the only mission that is a "living museum" with docents in period costume walking the grounds and live animals in a mission coral. La Purisima is now a California State Historic Park.
2295 Purisima Road
Lompoc, CA 93436
Gift Shop: 805-736-3605
La Purisima Mission State Historic Park is open Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
There is a fee to enter the park:
Private Vehicles - $6.00 / Seniors (63 and over) - $5.00
Buses - (10 to 24 Passengers) - $50.00
Buses - (25 or more Passengers) - $100.00
The park stages "special" days during March – October, including Mission Life Days (focus on mission crafts), Purisima People Days (focus on life in 1822) and Village Days (focus on Chumash Indian crafts).
The park also hosts encampments, such as that held by Mountain Men.
The Prelado de los Tesores (keepers of the treasures of La Purisima) is one of the largest and most robust and group of trained volunteers in California. Docent Candidates undergo eight weeks of training and must accumulate 96 hours of volunteer work before they officially become docents.
There are always docents in period costumes that create a realistic feel for life in the mission era.
The mission complex has been extensively restored and even includes an active blacksmith shop at the far end of the property.
La Purisima is the only California mission with live animals (carefully selected to reflect the animals of the mission era).
Most of the missions were laid out in a quadrangle format, (including La Purisima at its first site).
When the mission was rebuilt at a new, safer spot, between 1813-1815, it was laid out in a linear fashion.
Tips for Visitors
- Allow plenty of time to explore and enjoy this mission, wear comfortable shoes and pick a sunny pleasant day
- If at all possible visit La Purisima during one of the Special Event Days.
Make time to enjoy the town of Lompoc and its incredible collection of thirty-six large murals. You can download a Map of The Murals of Longpoc at lompocmurals.com.
- The Missions - California's Heritage : Mission La Purisima Concepcion by Mary Null Boule (a popular summary, published in 1988 as part of the author’s series on all of the California Missions; somewhat dated)
- La Purisima Mission - A Pictorial History by Joseph H. Engbeck, Jr. (a 1987 California Department of Parks booklet)
- A Mission for the People: The Story of La Purisima by Mary Ann Fraser (published by Henry Holt Company in 1997, extensively illustrated).
- An Archeological and Restoration Study of Mission La Purísima Concepción: Reports Written for the National Park Service by Fred C. Hageman and Russell C. Ewing. (A 302 -page substantive study, sponsored by Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, published in 1980)
- Mission La Concepcion Purisima by Fr. Zephyrin Engelhardt (this is the definitive early history of the mission, published in 1932, available in many libraries).