Mission Inn Resort & Club offers two intertwining historical and educational eco-adventures trails celebrating Central Florida's early Spanish conquistador explorations. Nestled in the heart of the resort's El Campeon golf course (designed in 1917), the Trails of the Conquistadors takes guests through a third of a mile of undeveloped land reminiscent of native "old Florida."
Nearly 400 years ago, expeditions led by Panfilo de Narvaez and Hernando De Soto passed through Central Florida and Mission Inn. The trails capture what these explorers would have seen and showcase the history of Florida's native and invasive plant life, regional birds and wildlife. A native butterfly garden marks the entrance to the trails. Plants and animals on the trails change seasonally.
"I knew this beautiful, pristine and wooded property at Mission Inn was unique; no one had ever walked it," said Paul Hickman, Superintendent, Mission Inn Resort & Club. "Designing and developing the trails has been a passion for me and a testament of the Nick Beucher Family's commitment to conservation and education."
"We are proud to announce the opening of The Trails of the Conquistadors and to provide guests with a glimpse of what Florida looked like four centuries ago. This eco-adventure is in honor of our 45th anniversary and our commitment to the environment," said Bob Beucher, President, Mission Inn Resort & Club. "We feel this is a unique setting for meetings, weddings, special events, team building experiences or just relaxation and learning."