Mission San Antonio de Padua

A Detour Worth Taking: the Remote Beauty of Mission San Antonio de Padua

Our planned detour led us to a hidden gem: California’s most remote and least-visited mission near Jolon (Ft. Hunter-Liggett). While our furry travel companion patiently awaited his turn for treats and playtime (bribery sometimes works wonders!), Hubby and I took turns exploring the mission grounds.

Father Junípero Serra founded the mission on July 14, 1771. It was the third mission established in Alta California (present-day California). Today, Mission San Antonio remains an active parish church.

Each step felt like stepping back 250 years. The isolation, the sun-baked adobe walls with stories of the past, and the remnants of the old tannery, watermill, and aqueduct system painted a vivid picture of life here centuries ago. With its remarkably preserved layout, this is the only mission we have seen (so far) where the past truly comes alive.

This detour reinforced once more that the most rewarding experiences are often found off the beaten path. This hidden gem was definitely worth it!


Thursday, October 19, 2023


1.47 miles

Moving Times

0:44:11 hours


90 °F, sun, light air