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  • Multiple Days: 10/04/2014, 10/18/2014, 10/26/2014 Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

    Anza Days 2014

    Anza Days parade

    Every October, Southern Arizona commemorates the legacy of the Anza Expedition with family-friendly heritage events at wonderful cultural and heritage sites across the region. 

    These Anza Days events recall the October 1775 departure from the Tubac Presidio of Juan Bautista de Anza and the families of his expedition, bound north as the first overland colonizing expedition to California. The legacy of these diverse migrants and the Native American communities they encountered comes to life through the work of dedicated community groups and volunteers. 

    Highlights of 2014 include new Anza Trail exhibits being unveiled at the Historic Hacienda de la Canoa and a new event in Pinal County! 

    Anza Days 2014 Schedule of Events:

    Saturday, October 4

    Trail Maintenance Day with the Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona 

    After continued heavy rains there is significant damage to repair on the trail between Tumacácori and Tubac. Meet at the entrance to the Anza Trail off Calle Iglesia/Bridge Rd. near the entrance to Ron Morris Park. The goal is to clean up and clear the trail so bring your best hand saw and cutters and wear appropriate attire. Please contact Jerry Behn to sign up: daytongeb[at]yahoo.com
    Saturday, October 4

    Nogales Anza Days Fandango

    Las Lagunas de Anza
    966 W. Country Club
    Nogales AZ
    (Across from St. Andrews Church)

    Enjoy all kinds of activities for the community, our youth, their families and young children! The Anza Ambassadors Club will be running this event. Las Lagunas de Anza in Nogales, Ariz., is the first historic Anza Expedition campsite within what is now the United States. The colonists from present-day Mexico stopped here just two weeks into their journey, still wary of Apache raids and the longer route ahead. Las Lagunas continues to play an important role for the Anza Trail as home base for the Anza Ambassadors, a youth development program that combines culture and history with environmental stewardship.
    Saturday, October 18

    Anza Day at Tubac and Tumacácori

    Tumacácori National Historic Park
    1891 East Frontage Rd.
    Tumacacori, AZ 85640

    Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum
    1 Burruel St.
    Tubac, AZ 85646
    (520) 398-2252
    On Saturday, October 18, one of the highlights of the month-long Anza Day commemorations will be the colorful reenactment ride on horseback from Tumacácori to Tubac. Riders in period dress mount up at 9AM at the Fiesta Grounds north of Tumacácori National Historical Park. Armed with shields, leather armor, and nine-foot lances, the soldiers on horseback practice their skills on the grounds. Afterwards, the riders, along with other participants in historic garb, will proceed to the Tumacácori Mission Church for a 10AM mass and blessing of the expedition. Following the mass, the group led by Colonel Anza, re-enacted by Bill Islas, departs Tumacácori at 11AM for its 4-mile journey along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail to the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum.

    Children's activities at the Tubac Presidio include calligraphy and coloring, leather work, paper flower and basket making between 11AM and 3PM. Starting at 11AM musicians and dancers will entertain at the Tubac Presidio, including a performance by La Paloma Folklorico dancers, until the much anticipated "big event" of the Anza riders' noon arrival. After a horseback presentation, the riders will dismount and eat lunch and mingle. Beginning around 12:30PM guitarist and artist-in-residence Ted Ramirez will perform. The riders will describe soldiers' uniforms, civilian women's dress, and specialized horse tack of the colonial period. The riders depart about 2:45PM, and ride up to the steps of St. Ann's Church where the priest will bless them. With mariachis playing, the riders move off for San Francisco with shouts of Vaya con Dios! and Adios! For more information call Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 520-398-2252 or Tubac Chamber of Commerce, 520-398-2704. FREE admission to the Tubac Presidio. 

    Sunday, October 26
    9AM - 1PM

    Anza Day at Canoa Ranch

    Historic Hacienda de la Canoa
    5375 S. I-19 Frontage Rd.
    Green Valley, AZ 85614
    (520) 877-6004


    Visit the historic La Canoa Ranch buildings and corrals and enjoy an appearance by the Anza Trail Color Guard, vendors, information booths and special exhibits. Tour Canoa Ranch headquarters to gain insights into the fascinating stories of the people that lived and worked on the ranch.
    Sunday, October 26
    11AM - 5PM

    Discover the Anza Trail at Picacho Peak

    Picacho Peak State Park
    Eloy, AZ 85131
    I-10 Exit 219

    Anza Trail volunteers will be commemorating the expedition's passage through Pinal County with a table at Picacho Peak State Park (near the Mesquite Ramada). Contact Mary Aquirre Vogler (maguirrevogler@aol.com, 520-251-1658) for more information.

    Location: Santa Cruz, Pima, and Pinal Counties, AZ, Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

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