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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.


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“Casa Cantina” Fiesta at Casa de la Guerra

Celebrate "Casa Cantina" in the courtyard of the historic Casa de la Guerra in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. August 1-4, 2018, noon to midnight, for a small fee locals and visitors alike are invited to enjoy music and cold drinks as part of the annual Old...

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Rock Art Tour at Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

On Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm, join the Rock art tours of the Abo unit of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument (New Mexico) by Mountainair. Followed by telescope viewing of the night sky. Call 505-847-2400 for information about this free...

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