Founded in 1965, the Southwestern Mission Research Center is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the cause of supporting Spanish Borderlands research and education. Our mission tours provide a means of introducing people to the history and culture of the Pimería Alta, in the Sonoran Desert. Visit the Tours section for more details.
Proceeds from the Kino Mission Tours enable us to sponsor important scholarship on a broader level, assist with publications, and promote education, as well as engage in cooperative restoration projects with the mission communities. Visit the Projects section to learn more about some of our current and past projects.
Tour proceeds and membership dues also help to support publication of the SMRC Revista, a quarterly newsletter/magazine offering news, feature articles, and reviews. Individual membership starts at $25 a year, and is open to anyone interested in the Pimería Alta’s history and culture. Visit the Membership section to learn more.