|Anza Days Fandango
Las Lagunas de Anza
966 W. Country Club
(Across from St. Andrews Church)
|(DATE & TIME TBD)
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 17
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
|On Saturday, October 17, 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 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. The riders will describe soldiers' uniforms, civilian women's dress, and specialized horse tack of the colonial period.
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, Oct. 25
Anza Day at Canoa Ranch
Historic Hacienda de la Canoa
5375 S. I-19 Frontage Rd.
Green Valley, AZ 85614
|3rd Annual Anza Day at Historic Canoa Ranch
9AM - 1PM
Featuring: Anza Coalition Color Guard, Historic Presentations, Tours, and Family Fun Activities
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.
Discover the Anza Trail at Picacho Peak
Picacho Peak State Park
Eloy, AZ 85131
I-10 Exit 219
|DATE & TIME TBD
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 Aguirre Vogler (firstname.lastname@example.org, 520-251-1658) for more information.