• Anza Trail

    Juan Bautista de Anza

    National Historic Trail AZ,CA

National Park Service Sites

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail is a 1200 mile trail through Arizona and California. There are eight National Park Service sites affiliated with the Anza Trail. Park sites are listed by state and then alphabetically. Visit the park websites to find directions. Links are provided in the titles below.

Arizona

 
Image of main house ruins at Casa Grande Ruins National Momument

Ruins at Casa Grande

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Casa Grande Ruins National Monument - Anza and Pedro Font visited the ruins on a side trip from one of their campsites on October 31, 1775
 
Entrance sign to Saguaro National Park

Entrance sign to Saguaro National Park

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Saguaro National Park - Enjoy spectacular views of the desert landscape as the Anza expedition members saw it in October 1775
 
Chapel at Tumacacori National Historical Park

Mission San José de Tumacácori

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Tumacácori National Historical Park - On October 17, 1775, Pedro Font held mass at the mission as the expedition headed towards Tubac
 
California
 
Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park

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Channel Islands National Park - The Anza expedition members saw the islands when they camped on the mainland near Santa Clara River on February 23, 1776
 
Martinez Adobe at John Muir National Historic Site

Vincent Martinez Adobe

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John Muir National Historic Site - On the grounds is the Vicente Martinez Adobe, once occupied by descendants of the 1776 Anza Expedition. The Adobe houses the Anza Trail Exhibit that opened in 2010.
 
Volcanic peaks of Pinnacles National Monument

Volcanic peaks of Pinnacles National Monument

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Pinnacles National Monument - Some of the expedition members may have seen these volcanic peaks rising above California's Salinas Valley as they traveled north to San Francisco
 
Historic pilots' quarters

Historic pilots' quarters

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Presidio of San Francisco - On March 28, 1776, Captain Anza selected the site for the Presidio and Mission of San Francisco
 
Mountain bikers at the Las Virgenes trailhead along the Anza Trail

Mountain bikers at the Las Virgenes trailhead along the Anza Trail

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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area - Explore the landscape similar to what the Anza expedition members encountered in February 1776

Did You Know?

Read the journals of Anza by clicking the 'more' link.

In 1775, Spanish Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza led more than 240 people and one thousand cattle and horses on a journey over two thousand miles to San Francisco, which Anza founded. 150 of Anza's charges were children under sixteen. Eight of the women were pregnant; several gave birth along the way. More...