Missions Trail

A journey through history and culture that transcends borders.

For those looking to go a little beyond the traditional holiday destinations, we invite you to follow in the footsteps of this evangelizing feat, one of the most extraordinary travel experiences that you can have in our country. This tourist route crosses the main sites where the Jesuit missionary Eusebio Francisco Kino founded missions and built temples that today are part of the history and identity of our State.


Mission Nuestra Señora de los Dolores

It was the first mission founded by Father Kino. It consisted of a church, a carpentry shop, and a blacksmithing area. By the year of 1744, the mission was abandoned. At present, only remains of the old cemetery.

Mission Los Santos Reyes de Cucurpe

It was established in 1647 by the Jesuit Marcos del Río, who named it “Los Santos Reyes de Cucurpe”. The church that preserves its bell tower and arches is very interesting. In its surroundings there are cave paintings and caves.


Mission Santa Maria Magdalena

The Magical Town of Magdalena de Kino protects the remains of Eusebio Francisco Kino. You can visit its crypt, the Monumental Plaza, the House of Culture, the historical-cultural corridor and a handicraft market.

Mission San Ignacio de Caborica

Located in San Ignacio, less than 10 km from Magdalena, is the Temple of San Ignacio de Loyola (1690) that keeps its façade intact.


Mission San Jose de Imuris

Built in 1687 and destroyed by the Pimas in 1695. To this day, it has undergone some changes. It is of common knowledge that there have been four temples that have occupied that place since the original was built in the seventeenth century.

Mission Nuestra Señora del Pilar y Santiago de Cocospera

Some 40 kilometers north of Magdalena, are the remains of this baroque mission, which still has the walls of its original structure.


Mission San Pedro y San Pablo de Tubutama

On the way to the city of Caborca, you will find Tubutama, a town where the Mission of San Pedro and San Pablo are located, a settlement distinguished by the white façade, the Moorish arches inside and the altar frescoes.


Mission San Francisco de Asis

In this mission a chapel was built to honor San Francisco de Asis, but it has disappeared. And ruins of another chapel of half-full of Century XVIII are preserved.

Mission Santa Teresa

To 8 km of there are located the ruins of the Temple of Santa Teresa.


Mission San Antonio Paduano

It was founded in 1689 by Father Kino. Although the current building was remodeled at the beginning of the 19th century, the building still has its simplicity and distinctive architecture of the northern landscape of the State.


Mission San Diego de Pitiquito

According to the legend, it took its name from Pitio Pitic, an Indian chief who fought against the Spaniards and was defeated in a small fortified peak. There is located the church of San Diego, where you can see apocalyptic drawings.


Mission La Purisima Concepcion de Nuestra Señora de Caborca

The city of Caborca is located between Concepcion River and the western desert of Sonora. Do not miss visiting the inside of the Historical Temple of Pueblo Viejo, as well as its botanical garden, its museum, and the petroglyphs area.

Mission San Valentin de Bisanig

It is located in the desert to the west of Caborca. Nowadays, you can only see the remains of its adobe structures.


Follow the map of Missions Trail.