A seven mile stretch of Anza Trail exists a few blocks west of downtown Tucson. It runs from West Silverlake Rd (29th St.), north along the Santa Cruz River, to Columbus Park at Camino del Cerro Blvd. The official Anza Trail route is on the raised cement berm on the west side of the river. This trail is paved from Silverlake north to Grant. North of Grant the trail becomes packed earth and gravel. The trail is continuous and dips safely under major cross streets. Bridges span the washes.
A second 1.5 mile section exists between Ajo and Irvington where groves of trees have been planted, including one dedicated to Anza.
Both trails are open to foot and bicycle traffic.
Equestrians can ride horses in the river bottom when rain doesn't threaten. During monsoon season the dry riverbed can fill with water in seconds.
The newest 5.2 mile section of the Anza Trail has opened in the Canoa Ranch area, just south of Green Valley. The trailhead is located on Elephant Head road right near the river.
Take the Amado/Arivaca exit off I-19 and follow the east frontage road north to Elephant Head road. Take a right. If you cross the river, you've gone too far.
There is ample parking including spaces for vehicles pulling horse trailers.
The trail is a packed surface for foot and bicycle traffic. Equestrians can use the river wash so as not to damage the trail.
The town of Marana is working diligently with the National Park Service and Pima County to plan for the 15 miles of Anza Trail which will one day be completed through Marana.
Two 3-mile stretches that follow the river can be used and will be certified by the NPS in 2008. The southern stretch starts at Ina Road going north. The northern stretch starts just north of the cement plant near the Gladden Farms housing development.
Last updated: March 31, 2012