Picture taken 4:25pm 9 Mar 2005
Mission San Antonio de Padua was founded 14 July 1771 (3rd in order) by Blessed Junípero Serra. The mission is named for Saint Anthony. The Indian name was Teshhaya, or Sextapay. The mission is largely restored from the rebuilt original. The current site is about three miles from the original mission. The church is active. [Note: The Mission was not damaged in the December 2003 earthquake.]
[Note: The mission is currently undergoing earthquake renovation and restoration. During this period there will be areas of the mission grounds that will be off limits to tourists.]
The most off-the-beaten-track of the 21 missions, Mission San Antonio de Padua sits in the middle of the Fort Hunter Liggett Military Reservation about half way between U.S. 101 and California Highway 1. You need to take winding county roads to get to it. Southbound on 101 exit at King City and take Jolon Road (county road G14) South 19 miles to Jolon. From there take Mission Road another 5.5 miles or so to the mission. Northbound on 101 exit just past Bradley at the other end of Jolon Road (now county road G18). Travel North 21 miles to Jolon and then take Mission Road another 5.5 miles or so to the mission. (Northbound travelers can take an even more scenic route by exiting on G14 in Paso Robles and taking that past Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio then connect with Jolon road at Lockwood.) In both cases, Jolon itself can be easily missed if you blink at the wrong time so look for the large triangle of three roads coming together at the entrance to Fort Hunter Liggett. Since the mission is in the middle of an active military training base expect the unexpected on the roads: gates, delays due to closure, appearance of military units, etc. Obey all traffic and speed limit signs. The base police seriously enforce all the rules. In 2001 the gate entry to the Fort was unmanned; in 2005 the gate entry was manned and fortified. In later years the road was moved around the main part of the base so that no ID is needed to go to the Mission. the moved road tends to flood after a heavy rain so use caution and follow all signs. You should carry a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance just in case the ID requirement changes in the future. Also, there are small roads throughout the area branching off of G14 and G18. Follow the signs carefully to stay on the main roads. (California Landmark 232).
- Open daily 10am to 4pm. Closed on New Year’s Eve @ 2pm, New Year’s Day, Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Annual festival is second weekend in June. [Note: MissionTour tries to keep this information up to date but cannot guarantee its accuracy as this is not the official Mission website. If planning a drive to the Mission please contact them directly to get the latest information in order to avoid disappointment.]
Mass schedule: Sunday @ 9:00am in the Mission Church.
- Mail: PO Box 803, Jolon, CA 93928
- Phone: (831) 385-4478
- Web: http://missionsanantonio.net/