Annual Events

Groups of youth hike along a portion of the Anza Trail

Every month, events along the Anza Trail reveal the legacy of our country's Spanish colonists and the American Indian communities they encountered. See our Calendar of Events or for a full list. Major annual events along the Anza Trail include:


In October 1775, the Anza Expedition departed the Tubac Presidio to become the first overland colonizing expedition to Alta California. Volunteers and organizations mark this anniversary with re-enactment rides, heritage events, and festivals at historic sites in Santa Cruz and Pima Counties such as the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum, Tumacácori National Historic Park, and the Historic Hacienda de la Canoa.

October through March

On the third Saturday of every month starting in October visitors can hike along a section of the historic Anza trail between Tumacácori National Historical Park to the Tubac Presidio and catch a ride back on the free Anza Trail Hikers’ Shuttle. The nearly 13,000 steps can earn visitors their “I Hike for Health” pin at the Tumacácori Visitor Center.

The shuttle runs from 8:00 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of the month, October through March, the Hikers’ Shuttle will run continuously between the parking lot at the Tumacácori Visitor Center and the parking lot of the Tubac Presidio’s Anza Trail trailhead. Reservations are not required.

Don’t forget to plan like a ranger and bring your 10 essentials link water and sun protection.


The families of the Anza Expedition arrived at their destination to establish the Presidio of San Francisco on June 27, 1776. Every June, descendants of these families gather in San Francisco to honor their ancestors, and the Anza Trail and partner organizations sponsor heritage events to explore the history of Early California.

Last updated: October 6, 2022

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