An Epic Journey Through New Spain

"¡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.

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Become an Anza Trail Junior Ranger

Lead a virtual expedition online. Make your way from present-day Mexico to San Francisco and earn your Junior Ranger badge.

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Trails and Rails Volunteer Openings

Do you love history? Do you love trains? This is a great opportunity for those who want to share their passion to Amtrak riders in CA

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Historic Sites in Arizona

These historic and cultural sites host heritage events and exhibits about the Anza Trail in southern Arizona.

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Historic Sites in California

Historic, cultural, and natural sites reveal the legacy of California's Spanish colonial era.

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Historic Sites in Sonora

An historic route and tourist route in Sonora trace the Anza expedition path and explore Anza's legacy in his homeland.

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Anza Trail Hiking Itineraries, East Bay

Not sure what hike to do in the East Bay? Check out our Anza Trail hiking itineraries for Alvarado Park in San Pablo / Richmond, CA.

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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.

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People on the Expedition

A diverse band of 240 colonists, including 30 soldiers, their wives, and more than 100 children joined the expedition. Learn more about them

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Premier Anza Trail Hikes

Stretch your legs on some of the quintessential Anza Trail hikes.

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Learn more about upcoming events

Click to find out what's going on in and around the trail.

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Expedition Maps

Click here to see and download a map of the Juan Bautista de Anza expedition.

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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

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Learn more about what we're doing and share your images and experiences on the trail.

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Check out our images on Flickr

Visit our Flickr page to see images from Anza Trail, events, maps, illustrations, and more.

Last updated: September 5, 2023

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