Southwestern Mission Research Center SMRC logo

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…

Update – SMRC Kino Missions Tour

If you've never been on an SMRC Kino Missions tour, here's your opportunity! Although the April 18-20 tour is now full, the April 7-9 tour still has some spaces available. You can get more information by calling (520) 621-6278. SMRC has been conducting the Kino...

read more

Presentation at Gutierrez-Hubbell House (Albuquerque)

Troy Ainsworth presents "Historical Origins, Changing Uses and Ongoing Significance of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentra" on March 11, 2017 from 10-11:30 am. This free presentation will be held at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque. For...

read more

Read our previous entries

image of Southwestern Mission Research Center, SMRC REVISTA newsletter

Get Our Magazine


Highlights recent news and events, feature articles, and notes on recently published books and articles pertaining to the Spanish Borderlands.