Anza Related Sites
There are six historic sites along the trail route with primary exhibits or information on the 1775-76 Anza Expedition and the Anza Trail. The sites below are listed by alphabetically by state and town.
Nogales: Anza Trailhead Room - On the second floor of the 1904 Nogales Courthouse is a small room dedicated to the 1775-76 Anza Expedition. The exhibit displays the twelve David Rickman illustrations of the journey along with interpretive captions and quotes. This is also the trailhead for the United States portion of the Anza Trail from Mexico.
To visit the exhibit, call the Cochise College office for open hours at (520) 287-5710.
Location: 21 East Court Street, Nogales, AZ 85621
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park - Visit the remains of the Tubac Presidio, where the 1775-76 Anza Expedition staged their epic journey. They left on October 23, 1775 to travel beyond the Spanish frontier and reach Alta California by land. Every October, the park commemorates the Anza Expedition at the "Anza Days" community event.
Call (520) 398-2252 or visit Tubac Presidio SHP.
Location: Burruel Street & Presidio Drive, Tubac, AZ 85646
Tumacácori National Historical Park - The park is 4 miles south of Tubac Presidio. On October 17, 1775, Pedro Font held mass at the mission as the expedition headed towards the Tubac Presidio.
Call (520) 398-2341 or visit Tumacácori NHP.
Location: 1891 East Frontage Road, Tumacácori, AZ 85640
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - After crossing the desert, the expedition traveled up Coyote Canyon in the park between December 20-22, 1775. With plentiful water from the creek and a little pasturage nearby, the animals recovered and the families rested. The campsites are marked with California Historic Landmark plaques.
Call (760) 767-4205 or visit Anza-Borrego Desert SP.
Location: Visitor Center, 200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Martinez: Anza Trail Exhibit - The exhibit opened in the fall of 2010. It is displayed in the Martinez Adobe at John Muir National Historic Site. Descendants of the 1776 Anza Expedition married into the Martinez family and lived in the adobe.
To visit the site, call (925) 228-8860 or visit John Muir NHS.
Location: 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, CA 94553
Presidio of San Francisco - On March 28, 1776, Captain Anza selected the site for the Presidio and Mission of San Francisco. After resting in Monterey, the families arrived with Lt. Moraga on June 27, 1776. The last week of June, the Presidio Trust, National Park Service, and Los Californianos present a series of programs commemorating the arrival of the 1776 Anza Expedition families and the Spanish period of the presidio.
Call (415) 561-4323 or visit Presidio of San Francisco.
Location: Visitor Center, 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129
East Bay Regional Park District - Anza's explorations around the East Bay of San Francisco are commemorated in a series of educational exhibits located in numerous East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) sites. An EBRPD Anza brochure can help you locate and visit the sites.
For more information visit EBRPD's website.
Did You Know?
Ever worry you'll be forgotten by history? Spaniard Juan Bautista de Anza almost was. In 1775 he led more than 240 colonists to California to found San Francisco. Spain lost California to Mexico, which lost it to the United States. Luckily, in the 1930s historian Herbert Bolton saved Anza from obscurity. More...