Saints, Sinners, and Sunsets

Creating a New 250-Year-Old Path Between California's Spanish Missions

Learn about the California Missions Trail, an 800-mile itinerary with visions of becoming an American version of the Camino De Santiago.

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March 09, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Eastern Time)


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FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

The California Missions Trail was first a footpath connecting Native American communities, then an itinerary for missionaries among its 21 Spanish Missions (1769-1821), then a romanticized highway development project called "El Camino Real." Now it is an 800-mile itinerary with visions of becoming an American version of the Camino De Santiago. Creating the itinerary and writing its first professionally produced guidebook meant reassessing California's colonial legacy and reinterpreting it for a new day. Presenters are Mark Wilkinson of the Santa Barbara Country Trails Council and Sanford "Sandy" Brown, author of popular pilgrimage trekking guidebooks and Associate Publisher of UK's Cicerone Press.

Learning Objectives:

  • Hear details about the painful legacy of colonialism in California and how it affects Native American communities;
  • Hear about how organizers created a culturally sensitive guidebook resource that reinterprets a romanticized version of colonial history by incorporating Native American guidance and academic research; and
  • Learn marketing strategies for dealing with the diverse communities crossed by an 800-mile itinerary that includes sweeping open country and densely urbanized cityscapes.


Buy the Guidebook!

The California Missions Trail: From Sonoma to San Diego

  • The book is widely available through online book sellers for $24.95
  • Visit to receive a free copy of this book with a $50 contribution to the California Missions Trail project.


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

Webinar Resources

  • Trail Vision Website
  • Interactive Trail Review Map
  • Central Coast South | Story Map
  • California Missions Trail Website
  • California Missions Trail Facebook
  • California Missions Trail Instagram
  • Sandy Brown YouTube
  • Video: California Missions Trail Day 19
  • Video: California Missions Trail Day 26

    Webinar Partners


    Sandy Brown, Associate Publisher, Cicerone Press
    Lucca, Italy

    Sandy Brown is one of the world's premier pilgrimage trekking guidebook authors, with popular guides to the Camino De Santiago (2018, 2020), Via di Francesco (2015, 2017, 2019), Via Francigena - Part 1: Canterbury to Lausanne (2023), Via Francigena - Part 2: Lausanne to Lucca (2021), Via Francigena Part 3: Lucca to Rome (2021), and the California Missions Trail (2022), all published by Cicerone Press. He has walked and cycled more than 10,000 miles on pilgrimage itineraries in Europe and the US. He serves as Associate Publisher at Cicerone Press in the UK. Sandy has a home in Seattle, Washington, but spend most of his time at his home in Lucca, Italy.


    Mark Wilkinson, Executive Director, Santa Barbara County Trails Council
    Carpinteria, California

    As Executive Director of the Santa Barbara County Trails Council, Mark Wilkinson has been a champion of new trail projects and programs for over a decade. Under his leadership, he has planned and developed 20+ miles of new trails throughout Santa Barbara County. In addition, Mark helped launch the innovative and countywide Healthy People Healthy Trails initiative, a long-distance Multi-Trail Wayfinding project, and co-founded the statewide California Mission Trail Alliance. His experience developing and implementing projects in various industries, including construction, software, and marketing for private and non-profit organizations, has laid a foundation for his work with the Trails Council.


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