We've been on a quest to visit all of the CA missions. This one is unique, because it has become split between religious remembrance and a secular history. A private group has built a small, half size chapel to hold the relics from the old mission. Around the corner is a state park. They are maintaining some of the original "dorms" and telling the stories of the people who lived there from the 1790s to the 1950s. Here you can learn more about day to day life in the Missions. I enjoyed the state park and the displays on daily life. When you visit the Mission make sure you visit both halves, the state park and the small chapel. This particular state park *was* on the closure list. When I visited in May of 2013, they were open only on weekends. Both the state park and don't have fees, just ask for donations.
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