Mission Soledad

Hours of Operation

We are open 10:00 to 4:00 daily except for Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, Easter and July 4th. Tours are self-guided. We sell some snacks, candy bars, water and soda at Soledad Mission, however, nearby Soledad features many good restaurants.

Or pack a lunch and enjoy the beautiful scenery while sitting at one of our picnic tables.

Mass is held on the first Sunday of every month at 10am. 


La Misión de María Santísima, Nuestra Señora de la Soledad is located in the Salinas Valley near Soledad, California. Founded in 1791 by Father Fermin Lasuen, Mission Soledad is the thirteenth mission to be founded in California. It is nestled in the heart of the wine country known as the Santa Lucia Highlands and there are three wineries within two miles of the mission. Los Padres National Forest is to the south of the mission and the Pinnacles National Monument is to the east. Monterey Bay is fifty minutes to the northwest.

The grounds and gift shop are staffed by volunteers and a caretaker lives on site. Please stop off at the gift shop to acquire a self-guided tour, ask any questions or purchase unique religious and gift items. We average approximately 1,000 visitors per month and they come from all over the world. Please sign in at our guest register as you tour the museum. The register itself has become an historical document!

We are very grateful to the Sanders Dickinson Foundation for providing us with a donation to create this website.

Upcoming Events

Stop at the mission before or after you tour our newest National Park, the Pinnacles.

The first Sunday in October is our annual fiesta.

Come see the new chandeliers that we have thanks to a grant from the California Missions Foundation.

We Need Your Help

We are currently searching for anyone who has black and white pictures of the mission taken from anywhere except the front. Email us or give us a call at:  (831) 678-2586

Support the Soledad Mission

This Mission is not state funded.  We rely on the generosity of community members, volunteers and visitors to keep it beautiful, and to raise funds to continue its restoration. 

If you would like to be part of the rebirth of the Soledad Mission, any donation would be appreciated, and would go directly to archeology, architectural planning, or actual reconstruction.