Mission La Purísima Concepción

La Purisima Mission
Picture taken 11:55am 21 Jul 2001

Mission La Purísima Concepción was founded 8 December 1787 (11th in order) by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén. The mission is named for The Immaculate Concepción of Mary the Most Pure. The Indian name was Algsacupí. The current mission is a restoration of portions of the 1812 earthquake reconstruction when the mission was moved from its original location about four miles to its present location. The mission is a State Historical Park and is one of the most complete mission restorations; including 25 miles of hiking and riding trails. Periodic craft demonstrations are given by docents during the summer. There is no active church at the mission.


The mission is on the North side of Lompoc. From U.S. 101 take the Highway 246 exit at Buellton and head West approximately 14 miles. Just before Lompoc 246 will veer to the left; take Purisima Road to the right. The mission is a short distance from the intersection at 2295 Purisima Road. If traveling on Highway 1 you’ll need to take Purisima Road from the North or 246 from the South (California Landmark 340).


  • Note: As this is a California State Park if you plan to have a group visit (e.g., school class, club group, etc.) please make arrangements through the California Park System or your group may not be allowed entrance.
  • If planning to visit the Mission please contact them directly to get the latest information.
  • Mail: 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, CA 93436
  • Phone: (805) 733-3713 (Park Information) or (805) 733-1303 (Tour appointments)
  • Fiestas: At various times during the Spring and Summer the Mission hosts Mission Life Day (docents dress in period costumes) and Purisima’s People Day (docents dress in period costumes and do not recognize anything after 1822). Candlelight tours are held in mid-October. Founding Day is celebrated with evening music and luminaries (tickets are limited, contact the Mission regarding how to obtain them).