What was the Historic Anza Expedition?

On the eve of the American Revolution, Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza led more than 240 men, women, and children on an epic journey across the frontier of New Spain to establish a settlement at San Francisco Bay. Discover their legacy on the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, connecting culture, history, and outdoor recreation throughout Arizona, California, and beyond. Use the tools on this website to plan your own Anza Trail experience.

Want to learn more?

For more information about the Juan Bautista de Anza expedition, please visit these resources made available by our friends and partners along the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail!

El Corrido de Anza uses the traditional form of Mexican narrative song, the corrido,
to tell the story of the Anza Expedition. It was written and produced by Los
Cenzontles, a California-based Mexican roots band and nonprofit cultural arts
academy, in partnership with the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

This is a site around the Juan Bautista de Anza trail curated by the National Parks Service

Interactive Juan Bautista de Anza Trail Map

An interactive map of the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail, showing the communities along the Anza trail categorized by county!

Stories from the Anza Expedition

More scholarly site full of journal entries and stories from the expedition in 1775. These readings around the Anza expedition include resources for teachers.

Have additional questions about how the Anza trail relates to La Expedición de Anza?

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