Places To Go

Where to Experience the Anza Trail

The 1,200-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail connects history, culture, and outdoor recreation across 20 counties of Arizona and California. Each site along the Anza Trail is independently operated. Hours, fees, and use rules vary.

The National Park Service administers the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail through partnership with other federal, state, county, and municipal parks and agencies, local volunteer groups, non-profit organizations, and private landowners.

An Auto Route approximates the areas where the expedition traveled. Several communities and parks offer Anza Recreation Trail for walking, hiking, horse riding, and bicycling. A Historic Route comprises a variety of historic sites related to the Spanish Colonial era. If an area belonging to a private landowner is not open to visitors, permission must be obtained to enter the property.


 
Martinez Adobe
The historic Martinez Adobe at the John Muir National Historic Site. Houses The Anza Trail exhibit.
 

The Anza Trail Exhibit
Martinez, California


The historic 1849 Martinez Adobe at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, Calif., hosts the only permanent exhibit of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

This multi-sensory experience engages visitors through evocative images and an ambient soundscape of life on the trail, a detailed diorama portraying the vast scope of the expedition party, and interactive displays. The exhibit encompasses perspectives representing the diversity of people whose lives were changed by this significant journey.

John Muir National Historic Site
4202 Alhambra Avenue
Martinez, CA 94553
925-228-8860
http://www.nps.gov/JOMU
Open daily for self-guided tours, 10AM - 5PM

 
Traveling Exhibit photo of placement
Photo of the traveling exhibit.
 
Traveling Exhibit
Watch a video of the Anza Trail Traveling Exhibit opening in Nogales, Sonora, Mex.

Bring Our Traveling Anza Trail Exhibit to Your Community

Created in 2011, a traveling, bilingual exhibit tells the story of the multiethnic Anza Expedition of 1775-76. Help share the story of the Anza Trail in your community. To bring the exhibit to your library, university, community room, or other public venue, please email us or call 415-623-2344.


See pictures of the exhibit panels here.

 

Interactive Map & Online Trail Experience

Visit our partner website, http://www.AnzaHistoricTrail.org, for a dynamic online Anza Trail experience:

  • Points of Interest for recreation trails, and historic sites along the Anza Trail
  • Custom Maps of the Anza Trail's Historic Corridor, Auto Route, and Recreation Trails
  • Local Events
  • Expedition Diaries (courtesy of Web de Anza) and toggle an expedition timeline to follow the colonists as they traveled north
  • County Guides and Maps to download of trail resources (adapted from the Anza Trail Guide by 1775-1776 Anza Colonizing Expedition descendant Greg P. Smestad, Ph.D.)
  • Earn your Junior Ranger badge by completing a virtual expedition
  • And much more!

AnzaHistoricTrail.org is a partnership of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and the Anza Trail Foundation.


Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

333 Bush Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone:

(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 http://www.nps.gov/juba. Each site along the Anza Trail is managed independently. Contact individual sites for hours, directions, and other details.

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