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Mission Reach, Bexar County

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The five Spanish colonial missions in San Antonio represent the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America and have been named a World Heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Four of these five historic missions sit along the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River.

This rare honor has been bestowed upon only 23 sites in the United States. The missions are the first World Heritage site in Texas. To learn more about the San Antonio’s Historic Missions UNESCO World Heritage designation and upcoming events visit missionsofsanantonio.org.

The Mission Reach transformed an eight-mile stretch of the San Antonio River into a quality riparian woodland ecosystem, reconnecting the river to cultural and historical features. The Mission Reach begins just south of the Eagleland segment of the River Walk, which is the transition zone between the more manicured, historic section of the River Walk and the more natural and native section of the River Walk. The ecosystem restoration process will be accomplished over many years and includes the reestablishment of hundreds of acres of native grasses and wildflowers and the planting of thousands of native trees and shrubs. The Mission Reach looks much different than the historic San Antonio River Walk and the Museum Reach area of the river north of downtown. The native landscape looks wild rather than manicured. Grasses and wildflowers are allowed to grow to their natural height rather than mowed. This results in a serene, natural landscape where visitors can enjoy the inherent beauty of the river.

To learn more about the Mission Reach segment of the San Antonio River Walk visit the San Antonio River Improvements Project website.

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