Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail


The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historical Trail commemorates the route followed by a Spanish commander, Juan Bautista de Anza, in 1775-1776 when he led a contingent of 30 soldiers and their families to found a presidio and mission near the San Francisco Bay. Along the trail route, the visitor can experience the varied landscapes similar to those the expedition saw, learn the stories of the expedition, its members, and descendants, better understand the American Indian role in the expedition and the diversity of their cultures, and appreciate the extent of the effects of Spanish colonial settlement of Arizona and California. Special events, programs, and activities are planned along the Anza Trail throughout the year. Ride the Coast Starlight Amtrak train between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo March-October and enjoy a Trails & Rails public program. Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail is a 1200-mile trail through Arizona and California. The route passes through 19 counties, connects with seven National Park Service sites, and tells the Anza story through countless federal, state, regional, and local agencies, organizations and communities. Use the Anza Trail Guide to plan your visit.


Seasonality / Weather

Open year-round.



Recently, the California portions of the trail have been marked for for those traveling the trail by highway. The Arizona segments will be marked as well in the next few months. You can obtain a roadguide by contacting the park office.


Traveler can access trail heads by flying commercial carriers to San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles in California or to Tucson in Arizona.