Trails and Rails - Anza Trail

Trails and Rails volunteer photo
Trails and Rails docent Donnis Galvan on board the Coast Starlight, Summer 2014.

Travel the Anza Trail On Board Amtrak's Coast Starlight

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail is proud to sponsor one of the nation's 17 Trails & Rails programs, an innovative partnership between the National Park Service and Amtrak.

From the observation car of Amtrak's Coast Starlight, you can experience California's magical landscape and history with volunteer docents as your guides. The Anza Trail's program runs summer weekends between Santa Barbara and San Jose.

The Anza Trail's Trails & Rails program is administered by the South Coast Railroad Museum of Goleta, CA. For questions about the program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator Becky Reid or call 805-500-6707.

Book your Coast Starlight ticket: or 800-872-7245

2017 Anza Trail Trails and Rails Scheudle
2017 Anza Trail Trails and Rails Schedule.


2017 Trails & Rails Schedule

Anza Trail guides will be in the observation car of the Amtrak Coast Starlight between Santa Barbara and San Jose on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays from April 21 - Sept. 25, 2017. (Guides on the Pacific Surfliner provide a limited program.) For information about the Coast Starlight program in Washington State, click here.

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Schedule subject the change.
Become a Trails & Rails docent

Become a Trails & Rails Guide
Trails and Rails docent Kathy and Don Chalfant.

Would you like to represent the National Park Service, engage thousands of people a year, and enjoy one of the most beautiful rail routes in America? Become a Trails & Rails docent along the Anza Trail!

Docents must be based near Santa Barbara or San Jose. Trails & Rails volunteers do not need to be historians or naturalists, but they must have an enthusiasm for public speaking and travel. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, in good health, and available to for 2 one-day trips per month between May and August. Uniforms, training, program materials, train tickets, and meals are provided. A mandatory one-day training takes place every winter.

To inquire further, please contact
the Trails and Rails Volunteer Coordinator at 805-500-6707 or email Becky {@} .

Meet Our Coast Starlight Docents

Coast Starlight Route over Anza Trail narrow
The Amtrak Coast Starlight (in yellow) connects Los Angeles and Seattle. The train route overlaps with the Anza Trail (in red) along California's Central Coast. Additional Trails & Rails docents ride the Coast Starlight in Washington State in partnership with Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

333 Bush Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104


(415) 623-2343

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