Mission San Miguel

Make it your Mission to visit this Mission!

Mission San Miguel is a few miles north of Paso Robles in the little town of (you guessed it) San Miguel. It was placed along a wide spot near the Salinas River, about a day's trip from Mission San Antonio and Mission San Luis Obispo.

Today Mission San Miguel is both a State and National Historical Landmark, an authentic reminder of California's past. It's an interesting place to take pictures, both inside and outside. It's a place where you can photograph Spanish architecture, an old cemetery,  and a rustic and primitive church with lots of character.

The church's appearance today is much the same as when it was built. The inside of the church has never been repainted. The wall frescos are the originals that were painted by artists.

  • 125 miles southwest of Fresno
  • A few miles north of Paso Robles on Highway 101
  • Entry fee: $7.50
  • Parking: Plenty of free parking
  • Little walking required.
  • Hours: The Mission Museum is open Thursdays through Mondays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Grounds are open every day.
  • Catholic Mass is conducted daily. See website for schedule.

Photo Tips

Take a wide angle lens, or a versatile wide to zoom lens. A tripod is recommended, but not a must.

Mission San Miguel