An Epic Journey Through New Spain

"¡Vayan Subiendo!"("Everyone mount up!") was the rousing call from Juan Bautista de Anza. In 1775-76, he led some 240 men, women, and children on an epic journey to establish the first non-Native settlement at San Francisco Bay. Today, the 1,200-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail connects history, culture, and outdoor recreation from Nogales, Arizona, to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Link to historic sites in Arizona for the Juan bautista de Anza NHT

Historic Sites in Arizona

These historic and cultural sites host heritage events and exhibits about the Anza Trail in southern Arizona.

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Historic Sites in California

Historic, cultural, and natural sites reveal the legacy of California's Spanish colonial era.

A stone church with bell tower along a village street

Historic Sites in Sonora

An historic route and tourist route in Sonora trace the Anza expedition path and explore Anza's legacy in his homeland.

A small group of men women and children in period uniforms walk through a desert setting

The Story of the Anza Expedition of 1776

A diverse group of 30 migrant families scratched their way across the frontier of New Spain, and carved their way into American history.

A painting depicting a desert landscape with Spanish soldiers and expedition members from 1775

People on the Expedition

A diverse band of 240 colonists, including 30 soldiers, their wives, and more than 100 children joined the expedition. Learn more about them

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Education for the classroom or community

Use the Anza Trail as a teaching tool in your classroom or community.

Park ranger, woman, and dog hiking by coast live oaks at sunset.

Premier Anza Trail Hikes

Stretch your legs on some of the quintessential Anza Trail hikes.

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Expedition Maps

Click here to see and download a map of the Juan Bautista de Anza expedition.

Trails & Rails guide

Ride the Anza Trail with Trails & Rails

Anza Trail guides ride the Amtrak Coast Starlight between San Jose & Santa Barbara. See this year's schedule and learn how to become a guide

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Check out our images on Flickr

Visit our Flickr page to see images from Anza Trail, events, maps, illustrations, and more.

Last updated: September 8, 2021

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