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The Anza Trail

The Anza Trail

The 1,200-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail commemorates, protects, marks, and interprets the route traveled by Anza and the colonists.

About Juan Bautista de Anza

Lt Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza led more than 240 men, women, and children on an overland journey across the frontier of New Spain to settle Alta California. Follow 1200 miles in the footsteps of this intrepid, multiethnic expedition, and explore the rich cultural history of communities from Nogales, Arizona, to San Francisco.

1775-1776 expedition

Explore what was happening along the trail and its historic significance.

Modern Stories

Learn about contemporary individuals that still hold ties to the land and the residents along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail by visiting the Modern Stories.

Partner Resources

Partners throughout Arizona and California provide information to learn the legacy of our shared history.

Junior Rangers

Complete the Junior Rangers virtual expedition to become an official Junior Ranger of the Anza Trail.

Sounds of Nature and Culture

Listen to sounds of nature, culture and music along the Anza Trail.


The glossary provides important terms useful in understanding the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and the Junior Rangers virtual expedition.