Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail is named after Lieutenant Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza, a Spanish explorer who blazed a trail from Mexico to California. From 1775 through 1776, Anza led approximately 240 men, women, and children on a journey to establish a mission in present-day San Francisco. This was the first non-Indigenous settlement in the region.
The Anza Trail stretches over 1,200-miles from Nogales, Arizona, to the San Francisco Bay Area in California. It also passes through 20 counties in Arizona and California, including Santa Clara County where locals and tourists alike can hike parts of the trail. Discover natural beauty and regional history when hiking the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail in Santa Clara Country.