• Anza Trail

    Juan Bautista de Anza

    National Historic Trail AZ,CA

April 5: Anza Trail Ribbon-Cutting at San Gabriel Mission

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Date: March 26, 2014
Contact: Hale Sargent, 415-623-2344

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National Park Service, Anza Trail Foundation, and San Gabriel Mission to Dedicate Anza Trail Exhibit, April 5

  • 1PM Photo-Op Coincides with Annual Mission Model Contest
  • Free children's activity book available at the event

Dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting of new National Park Service wayside exhibit at the San Gabriel Mission

Saturday, April 5, 1PM - 1:30PM
(during the annual Mission Model contest, 12PM - 3PM)

San Gabriel Mission
428 S. Mission Dr.
San Gabriel, CA 91776

  • National Park Service (Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail)
  • Anza Trail Foundation
  • San Gabriel Mission
  • Youth participants in the Mission Model contest


January 1776: After a perilous desert crossing, some 30 families, including more than 100 children, arrived at Mission San Gabriel in the Gabrielino-Tongva homeland.These were the first settler families to come overland into Alta California.

The remote outpost, located six miles from today's San Gabriel Mission, offered the colonists respite before they continued north to colonize the San Francisco Bay Area. Our nation commemorates these families' journey — a turning point in California history — through the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

New Bilingual Interpretive Wayside & Free Children's Activity Book*

The National Park Service, Anza Trail Foundation, and San Gabriel Mission have partnered to recognize this historic event with a bilingual, interpretive wayside exhibit on the mission's grounds. 

The exhibit's dedication takes place during the annual Mission Model contest, sponsored by the San Gabriel Mission and the Ramona Museum of California History. 

Youth participating in the Mission Model contest will have the opportunity to learn about diverse youth their age who traveled some 1,800 miles to settle modern-day California. The dedication takes place on the mission's grounds. To otherwise visit the mission museum, entrance fees apply ($5 for adults; $3 for youth age 6-17; free age 5 and younger).

*The National Park Service will distribute free copies of the children's activity book Many Worlds: Native Life on the Anza Trail at the dedication ceremony, while supplies last. 


For more about the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and the Anza Trail Foundation, visit http://www.anzahistorictrail.org

Click here for more information about the Mission Model Contest.

Did You Know?

The Anza Trail stretches from Nogales, Arizona to San Francisco, California

18th century Spanish military leader Juan Bautista de Anza, who led the expedition along the Anza Trail, was called 'Anza' when alive. About 100 years ago, someone mistakenly started calling him 'De' Anza. Use of the incorrect 'De Anza' name is rampant across the southwest on schools, parks, streets, and businesses. More...