Park Headquarter’s is located 4 miles south of downtown San Antonio. The four mission sites lay as a chain south of downtown. Mission ConcepciÃ³n is 3 miles, Mission San JosÃ© and the park visitor center is 6 miles south, Mission San Juan is 3 miles south of San JosÃ©, and Mission Espada lays another mile beyond. Written directions and GPS addresses can be found at the link below.
After 10,000 years, the people of South Texas found their cultures, their very lives under attack. In the early 1700s Apache raided from the north, deadly diseases traveled from Mexico, and drought lingered. Survival lay in the missions. By entering a mission, they foreswore their traditional life to become Spanish, accepting a new religion and pledging fealty to a distant and unseen king.