Use the Anza Trail as a teaching tool in your classroom or community

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and its partners throughout Arizona and California provide opportunities to learn the legacy of our shared history. Students can experience the stories of the men, women, and children traveling the Anza Trail in 1776, and reflect on the changes they brought to the culture and landscape of the American West.

Teaching the Anza Trail

Students role play as a member of the Anza Expedition & experience the journey through a variety of activities. Five 1-hour lessons for grades 3 & 4.

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teaching the Anza Trail

Alta California Here We Come!

60-minute lesson for grades 3 & 4. Students experience the challenges of the 1775-76 Anza Expedition and learn how to trace its route on a map.

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Alta California Here We Come

Healthy Water and Local History

This 3rd grade lesson plan connects the story of healthy freshwater to the story of a community's history.

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kids taking notes

Unpack the Story of Spanish California

Bring a traveling trunk to your classroom. Trunks are available for Santa Barbara and LA-area classrooms.

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traveling trunks

Children's Drama Project

Bring history to life through three children's plays about the Anza Trail. Ideal for grades 3 and up.

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children's drama project

An Expedition of Change

A high school world geography curriculum with three components, culminating with students developing a tour based on the Anza Trail Google Earth file.

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Google Earth Anza Trail

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

333 Bush Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104


(415) 623-2343
Details listed are for the San Francisco administrative office of the Anza Trail. The 1,200-mile Anza Trail connects historic, cultural, and recreation sites from Nogales, AZ, to the San Francisco Bay Area that reveal the legacy of our Spanish colonial heritage. To learn more, visit Each site along the Anza Trail is managed independently. Contact individual sites for hours, directions, and other details.

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