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Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail takes you on a journey through nature and history. It was originally trekked by Juan Bautista and a group of soldiers, religious leaders, servants, families, and livestock in 1775-1776 with the purpose of exploration and colonization. This group turned out to be the first non-native settlement in San Francisco.

History & Nature

History and nature? You’ll find it along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The 1,200 mile trail starts in Mexico and runs through Southern Arizona ending in the San Francisco Bay Area in California (at the present site of the Golden Gate Bridge).

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Things to Do

If you’re looking for hiking, there are miles upon miles of paths on and around the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. While you’re out there, enjoy the scenery and wildlife, and imagine what the caravan was like in the 18th century.

There are special events all along the trail. During your visit, you may come across volunteers in period dress sharing stories from the trek, or drop in on a campfire with Captain Anza. Visit the website to find out what’s coming up.

Hotels, Lodging & Camping

Lodging and camping vary along the trail. See website for more information.

Hours & Pricing

For hours and pricing, please visit the website.

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