Explore the cultural heritage of California at La Purisima State Historical Park. The park covers an area of 1220 sq km (470 sq mi) and represents what used to be the home of the Chumash people, as well as Spanish settlers. Hike around the park and discover original buildings from 1820s, or watch for livestock that lives there today. You can see the reconstruction of life from that period, with pottery and candle making, weaving, and blacksmithing on site. Before you visit Lompoc, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
La Purisima State Historical Park reviews
We have been to many of the California missions and this is one of the bigger and nicer ones. The grounds are very large and we spent about three hours walking around seeing the different buildings... more »
Well worth the time to spend looking around, walking the full loop, and reading the displays in the Visitor Center. I went on a Sunday afternoon and crowd was low. more »
Hands down best Mission I have ever been visited. We took the free guided tour in the afternoon and it was perfect the host was amazingly detailed in letting us know the culture and history of the place. We took a group of girl and truthfully I was a little worried they would be bored but all enjoyed it great place to visit! Highly recommended 🙌
The largest mission I've been to. It is definitely a small hike to get to everything on the self-guided map ($1), so a few hours should definitely be budgeted to explore it. An interesting and educational landmark of Californian/Spaniard/Mexican interests and history.
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