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La Purisima Mission SHP
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La Purisima Mission SHP
Description - Misión la Purísima Concepción de María Santísima is one of the most completely restored missions of the 21 Spanish missions in the state. The park visitor center features information, displays and artifacts. The park contains the church, shops, quarters, spring house, cemetery and mission gardens. The mission was founded in 1787. The original buildings were destroyed by an earthquake in 1812. During the 1930s, the WPA and CCC restored many of the mission's adobe buildings. The historic park is the largest, most complete and most authentic mission restoration project in the American West. Special living history events are scheduled throughout the year. Call for information.

Recreation - A self-guided tour gives visitors the opportunity to step back in time for a glimpse of life of California in the early 1880s.

Climate - Climate in the Central Coast varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.

Location - The park is located three miles northeast of Lompoc along Highway 246 on Purísima Road.

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Filed By: Greg and Quynh McC (Lompic, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Nice weather; scrub and sage brush, low coastal oaks; very sandy trails, really ideal for horses, but a challange for hikers. Lots of sand in the shoes. No accurate maps available at the SHP office or gate, so you'll need some self-navigation skills. You'll only need about 4 hours for this one. Pretty though.

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Contact Information:
Channel Coast la Purisima Sector Headquarters, 2295 Purisima Road , Lompoc, CA, 93436, Phone: 805-733-3713, Fax: 805-733-2497

Additional Information:
California's Historic Sites - This section includes the major historic sites within California. California's rich history is showcased in its many historic sites and monuments.
Central Coast State Parks and Beaches - The Central Coast Region, located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, features the Big Sur Coast and Hearst Castle as well as numerous state park sites.

California State Parks - Official agency website.


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