Historic Hacienda de la Canoa

A blue lake is surrounded by trees and brush in front of mountains
A view of the lake at Historic la Canoa Ranch

NPS / Kimberly Twardochleb

Quick Facts
La Canoa, Arizona
Historic Anza Expedition Campsites #15-16 and Historic Ranch
National Register of Historic Places

Cellular Signal, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Information, Parking - Auto, Picnic Shelter/Pavilion, Picnic Table, Restroom, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead

La Canoa (the "watering trough") was the first campsite after the Anza expedition left its final assembly point at Tubac Presidio. It is refered to as Campsite #15 on the expedition. Here on the evening of October 23rd, 1775, José Antonio Capistrano Féliz was born feet first and sadly his mother, María Ignacia Manuela Piñuelas Féliz, died the next morning. 

Father Font and the colonists said the Rosary and sang "Salve de la Virgen de los Dolores" for the deceased as they reached Punta de los Llanos (Campsite #16). 

Historic Hacienda de la Canoa is located on the Raúl M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park and includes an exhibit about the Anza Expedition and an NPS Anza Trail Passport Stamp (Anza NHT passport stamp #5 - find a list of passport stamp locations here).

The Raúl M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park comprises 4,800 acres of the original San Ignacio de la Canoa Grant. Historic Canoa Ranch is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

Last updated: April 10, 2024