"¡Vayan Subiendo!"("Everyone mount up!") was the rousing call from Juan Bautista de Anza. In 1775-76, he led some 240 men, women, and children on an epic journey to establish the first non-Native settlement at San Francisco Bay. Today, the 1,200-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail connects history, culture, and outdoor recreation from Nogales, Arizona, to the San Francisco Bay Area.
An Epic Journey Through New Spain
The Story of the Anza Expedition of 1776
A diverse group of 30 migrant families scratched their way across the frontier of New Spain, and carved their way into American history.
Historic Sites in Arizona
These historic and cultural sites host heritage events and exhibits about the Anza Trail in southern Arizona.
Historic Sites in California
Historic, cultural, and natural sites reveal the legacy of California's Spanish colonial era.
Click here to see and download a map of the Juan Bautista de Anza expedition.
Premier Anza Trail Hikes
Stretch your legs on some of the quintessential Anza Trail hikes.
Annual Events Along the Anza Trail
Annual heritage events commemorate the epic journey of the Anza Expedition of 1775-76.
Ride the Anza Trail with Trails & Rails
Anza Trail guides ride the Amtrak Coast Starlight between San Jose & Santa Barbara. See this year's schedule and learn how to become a guide
Last updated: February 28, 2018