Photographer and author Bart Smith completed a hike of the entire 1,200-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail on Friday, April 29, 2016. Staff from the Anza Trail and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy greeted him at the Golden Gate Bridge 68 days after he set off from Nogales, Arizona. Here is Bart's reflection as he neared the finish line:
In his book, The Forgotten Governor: Fernando de Rivera and the Opening of Alta California (Langdon Street Press), author John Wills makes a case to include Rivera among the illustrious group. Read more for the full review.
May 12, 2016Posted by: Hale Sargent, Anza Trail Ranger
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti certified 30 miles of the Los Angeles River Greenway as an official component of the Anza Trail while simultaneously swearing in 500 new Anza Trail Junior Rangers at a major event.
May 12, 2016Posted by: Denise Louie, National Park Service Pacific West Regional Office Natural Resources Assistant Team Lead
Staff from the National Park Service Pacific West Region HQ left their skyscraper office and took a learning tour of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail through the San Francisco Bay Area on April 25, 2016.
June 08, 2016Posted by: Debbie Gevirtzman, Environmental Education Exchange
This school year, more than 2,500 fourth graders across Tucson and southern Arizona connected with the 100th birthday of the National Park Service through 100 classroom presentations about the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.
July 13, 2016Posted by: Martha Vallejo McGettigan, Descendant, 2nd Anza Expedition; Chair, Spanish Task Force, Presidio Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Every year descendants of the original families of the second Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition, through their group Los Californianos, return to the Presidio of San Francisco in June to recognize the amazing journey of their ancestors and to celebrate the founding of that site with a special commemoration and luncheon.
Melissa Avery is known as “Chasqui Mom" and blogs about her outdoor family adventures in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Melissa and her Family often pass Anza Trail Auto Route signage, the Anza Trail historic corridor, and certified Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail during their family adventures and daily lives in the Bay Area.
Join us as we follow the Anza Expedition from the Yuma Crossing through the Colorado Desert in Baja California and Imperial County! This Story Map Cascade shows off some of the best opportunities to experience a landscape similar to what the expedition would have seen as they traveled through.
All Aboard! Did you know that the Trails & Rails program is a partnership between Amtrak and the National Park Service that educates travelers on the heritage and natural resources of a specific region while traveling by rail? Check out the Juan Bautista de Anza Trails & Rails Volunteer opportunities today!
Did you know that there are Dark Sky Parks and Communities along the Anza Trail? These places have been certified by the International Dark Sky Association as a dark sky place and are beautiful places to experience the Anza Trail and photograph the night sky. And there are many other places along the trail to shoot the stars! Read below for some tools of the trade and get out there to #FindYourTrail and your #NightSky!
In the Bicentennial edition of Antepasados, produced by Los Californianos, Lydia Margarita Weis chose to memorialize María Ygnacia Manuela Piñuelas de Féliz in a poem, “To Manuela.” We selected to pull this tribute out of the archives to end our series during Women’s History Month commemorating the women of the expedition and Manuela, the only death of the expedition.
Park Ranger Fatima Colindres from Golden Gate National Recreation Area shares a personal connection with the legacy and women from the Anza Expedition. Ranger Colindres brings history alive with her interpretive program that highlights the life of Juana Briones, a descendant of the Anza Expedition.
Golden Gate Bridge Volunteer Lenna Saleh shares her experience of serendipitously learning about the Anza Trail via the Passport to Your National Parks program and her road trip to visit all (but two) of the passport stamp locations. She reflects on learning about the expedition, California's history, and the varied landscapes of the trail.
February 13, 2018Posted by: Ronald D. Quinn, Ph.D.
In February the National Park Service is exploring stories and inspiration from leaders and about leadership. In this article, Anza Society member, Ronald Quinn, Ph.D. explores two of the leaders of the 1775-76 colonizing expedition and the motivations behind their leadership.