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Southwestern Mission Research Center

Committed to promoting and fostering education, research and preservation relating to the Spanish Borderlands for over 50 years


The Southwestern Mission Research Center is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. We’re committed to the cause of supporting Spanish Borderlands research and education. Our Kino Missions tours introduce people to the history and culture of the Pimería Alta, in the Sonoran Desert of Mexico and Arizona. Proceeds from these tours enable us to sponsor important scholarship on a broader level, assist with publications, and promote education. Furthermore we engage in cooperative restoration projects with the mission communities.


Explore our website to learn more about Spanish colonial missions. Most of all you will find out about the work of the Southwestern Mission Research Center.

Upcoming SMRC Mission Tours

Retrace the steps of Father Kino and the missionaries who followed him. You’ll be guided by scholars and enthusiasts who know and love the region. Most noteworthy they volunteer their time to share their knowledge of the Spanish borderlands missions with others.


In the News…

BCA Spain Tour 2020

CANCELLED: The Border Community Alliance is offering this special trip to Basque country and Northern Spain in late May/early June 2020. For more information contact or (520) 398-3229. The Basque Connection & Spain's Northern Coast...

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SMRC’s “Northern California Missions Tour”

        CANCELLED: Join us for a 4-day tour of seven missions and one presidio established during the 1700s and early 1800s in Northern California. We will visit the beautiful missions of Santa Clara de Asís, San Juan Bautista, San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo (aka...

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