Anza Trail Blog

Art Walk Brings Students Through Oakland History

by Hale Sargent, Anza Trail Interpretive Specialist

Tagged as:   Alameda County , Art , California , Historic Sites , youth

CCA Students on Art Walk

This week students brought art and history together for a unique walk to Oakland's Peralta Hacienda, a certified site of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The Art Walk was produced by students from Oakland's ARISE High School and the Athena Project at the California College of the Arts (CCA). This same group partnered with the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail last year to produce a mural about Oakland history for the Fruitvale BART Station. Both the mural and the art walk are part… Read more »

Daughters of the American Revolution Unveil Anza Marker in Morgan Hill

by Sally Holcombe, CSSDAR State Historian

Tagged as:   California , Historic Sites , Santa Clara County , Volunteers , history

Unveiling a New Anza Trail Marker

The California State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (CSSDAR) has commemorated the Anza Expedition with a new marker at the expedition’s historic campsite #92 in Morgan Hill, Calif. Juan Bautista de Anza is not only important because he brought families to Alta California; he also has a connection to the American Revolution. After his return from Alta California, Anza became Governor of New Mexico. It was in this capacity that he served as the collection point for taxes and donations sent to the King of Spain. Spain… Read more »

Review - Juan Bautista de Anza: The King's Governor in New Mexico by Carlos R. Herrera

by Dr. Reba Wells Grandrud, Anza Trail Foundation Board Member

Tagged as:   history

The author’s publishers call this book the first comprehensive biography of Juan Bautista de Anza. Early reviewers have described Dr. Herrera’s effort with strong phrases: exhaustive archival research, comprehensive, cradle-to-grave, highly significant, penetrating, and most thorough. Herrera makes an acceptable case for Governor Anza as a pivotal administrative figure for the Spanish Crown in making peace with hostile Comanches and Apaches and gaining more security for Spaniards and their Pueblo allies. The book is worthy of those accolades and will, without doubt, become a welcome addition to many… Read more »

Tubac Presidio's Shaw Kinsley Receives Top Honor

by Friends of the Tubac Presidio and Museum

Tagged as:   Arizona , Historic Sites

Shaw Kinsley, director of the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, received the Al Merito Award – the highest honor The Arizona Historical contributions and who serve as role models for preserving Arizona’s rich history. Kinsley was Museum, the Tubac Historical Society, and the Santa Cruz Valley Citizens Council.   was appointed director of the Presidio Park in 2010 by the Tubac Historical budgetary cutbacks. That responsibility has since transferred to the Friends of the Presidio. Under Kinsley's leadership, the Tubac Presidio is thriving with increased attendance, improved acceptance speech, Kinsley gave credit for his success to… Read more »

Intern Projects Include Audio Tour of the Anza Trail in the Sonoran Desert

by Cheryl Blanchard, Archaeologist, BLM

Tagged as:   Arizona , Maricopa County , youth

Cheryl Blanchard with Forrest Revolinski and his display on Juan Bautista de Anza.

Last year, the Academy of American Studies at Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Phoenix, Ariz., contributed three talented, accomplished, and enthusiastic interns to work with the Bureau of Land Management’s Lower Sonoran Field Office. Archaeologist Cheryl Blanchard sponsored the students. Julie Rankin worked on the use of new media as a way to create a cell-phone audio tour at Painted Rock Petroglyph Site and Campground. She researched several of the historic era stories that are evident at the site and has created some draft audio messages. These… Read more »

National Park Service Centennial Launches with FindYourPark.com; Anza Trail Webinars April 21 & 23

by Hale Sargent, Anza Trail Interpretive Specialist

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FindYourPark.com is the portal for the National Park Service Centennial

The National Park Service Centennial kicks off April 2, 2015, with the launch of a new movement: Find Your Park. From now through the end of 2016, we are welcoming our second century with a celebration of all parks in all their forms. FindYourPark.com recognizes that a park can be a place, a feeling, or even a state of mind. What does "park" mean to you? Perhaps nothing captures the Find Your Park spirit greater than the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The Anza Trail means… Read more »

Photo Essay Shares a View Along the Anza Trail

by Naomi Torres, Anza Trail Superintendent

Tagged as:   Art , California , Culture , Imperial County

Sammie Lopshire of Jacumba, CA, shares her story

An off road vehicle user has been riding the Ocotillo Wells area since he was a toddler. A sheepherder from Peru spends many hours alone grazing his sheep. A postmaster in Jacumba serves as a resource for community information, like where to find a plumber. These individuals and others come alive in “Modern Stories Along the Anza Trail” a new photo essay by photographer Tony Gleaton. The piece features the stories of twelve people and their experience of the desert. As you listen to their interviews a series of images provides a glimpse… Read more »

Scouting for Wildflowers along the Salinas River

by Jaime Lien Hendrickson, AMWC Conservation Manager

Tagged as:   Nature , Recreation Trail , San Luis Obispo County , hiking

Hikers on an Anza Trail walk in Atascadero, Feb. 26, 2015

Four years of historically low rainfall has created a new perspective for plant sighting, and a fun way to take in the blooms is with a shaded walk along the Juan Bautista de Anza NHT in Atascadero. The Anza Trail passes through Atascadero in close proximity to the Salinas River where the Oak savannah shelters abundant wildlife and a unique assortment of riparian vegetation not commonly found in other areas of the Central Coast (view to this area on our interactive map). Wildflower sightings include Wooly milkweed, Mule’s… Read more »

Destination: Alamos, Sonora, Mexico!

by Cathy Giesy, Gary Nederveld, and Marilyn Wimmergren

Tagged as:   Historic Sites , Mexico

The Authors Collecting their Anza Trail Stamps

On  May 9, 1775, Juan Bautista de Anza left Alamos, Sonora, with an army, horses, cattle, and mules loaded with supplies bound for the Presidio of Tubac to martial his resources for the great expedition which would establish the city of San Francisco.  On February 28, 2015, under the sparkling aura of a full rainbow, 17 intrepid explorers left the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum en route to Alamos to explore the rich history and culture along the same route that Anza traveled so long ago. It… Read more »

5th Annual Anza Days Coming to Mission San Gabriel March 15

by Hale Sargent, Anza Trail Interpretive Specialist

Tagged as:   California , Historic Sites , Los Angeles County , Missions , Volunteers , living history

Anza Days at Mission San Gabriel 2013

Presents the th Anza Days at Mission San Gabriel Sunday, March 15, 201510AM - 3PM San Gabriel Mission 428 South Mission Drive San Gabriel, CA 91776 th English rule, in the west, new settlers reached the end of an epic 1,200-mile change California forever. Living history demonstrations Learn about early mission life Learn about Juan Battista de Anza Learn about the Soldados de Cuera Youth activities Period music and dancing Visit the historic Mission San Gabriel and its gift shop syc.socal@outlook.com Read more »

Las Lagunas de Anza Certified an Official Site of the Anza Trail

by Hale Sargent, Anza Trail Interpretive Specialist

Tagged as:   Arizona , Historic Sites , Nature , Santa Cruz County

Las Lagunas de Anza site sign unveiled March 23

Las Lagunas de Anza, a Nogales, Ariz., wetland restored and managed by the Santa Fe Ranch Foundation, was designated an official Certified Site of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail at a National Park Service ceremony March 23, 2015.   The certified status designates the natural wetland as one of the premier sites in Arizona and California to experience the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. Other certified sites include the Peralta Adobe in San Jose and the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park in Oakland.  … Read more »

Historian Carlos R. Herrera Releases Anza Biography; Meet the Auther in Burbank, Feb. 7

by Hale Sargent, Anza Trail Interpretive Specialist

Tagged as:   Anza Trail Foundation , history

A new biography of Juan Bautista de Anza by historian and Anza Trail Foundation Board Member Carlos Herrera comes out this winter from the University of Oklahoma Press. The book, Juan Bautista de Anza: The King’s Governorin New Mexico is available for pre-order now. More from the publisher’s website: Historian Carlos R. Herrera argues that Anza’s formative years in Sonora, Mexico, contributed to his success as a colonial administrator. Having grown up in New Spain’s northern territory, Anza knew the daily challenges that the various ethnic groups encountered… Read more »

Show Us Your Place on the #AnzaTrail

by Daniel Sanchez, Anza Trail Park Guide

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Martinez, CA

Anza Trail users! We want you to tell us where and how you engage with the Anza Trail. Take a photo of yourself while on the trail or at one of our affiliated historic sites, then post it to social media using the hashtag #AnzaTrail or tag us (@AnzaTrailNPS) on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Better yet, snap your pic holding a customized "My Place on the Anza Trail is...." sign (attached below). Using these signs, we want to create a collage of our diverse trail uses and users… Read more »

An Illustrated Hike Along the New Miller Trail

by BriAnna Weldon, Anza Trail Outdoor Recreation Planner

Tagged as:   California , Contra Costa County , Recreation Trail

Views of the George Miller Regional Trail

Winter time in the Bay Area brings a sense of unpredictable adventure when planning outdoor excursions, and this proved true on my latest planned walk along the newest-completed segment of the Anza Trail, the new George Miller Regional Trail in Martinez, CA. Despite the rainy day, the trail was busy with dog walkers, bikers, and hikers, winding through the hills touched with autumn colors and catching site of the Amtrak, the cargo ships, and the cities across the Bay. The Miller Trail is part Carquinez Strait Scenic Loop… Read more »

Junior Ranger Francesca’s Travels on the Anza Trail

by Francesca C., Anza Trail Junior Ranger

Tagged as:   Historic Sites , youth

Francesca at Tumacácori National Historic Park

This past Labor Day weekend, intrepid Junior Ranger Francesca, a 5th-grader from New Mexico, traveled the Anza Trail with her father to uncover stories of her own cultural heritage. The story and photos below are an account of her trip: Nogales to TumacácoriI started my journey on the Anza Trail at the Mexican border town of Nogales, Arizona. My dad and I followed Anza’s Trail up the Santa Cruz River valley stopping first at Tumacácori National Historic Park, one of the trail's first stops in what is now… Read more »

Poetry of the Wild: Create Art Along the Anza Trail

Tagged as:   ATCA , Arizona , Nature , Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County Ducks

[Compiled from the websites of the Tubac Center of the Arts and the Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona:] The Tubac Center of the Arts and the Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona invite you to participate in an intriguing art project called Poetry of the Wild, by Rhode Island artist Ana Flores. Poetry of the Wild is an educational program in support of Arte de Avian, a national juried exhibit of bird related art, which will be held at TCA March 13 to April 26, 2015. Flores says: Poetry of the… Read more »

Discover Our Country's National Scenic and Historic Trails

by Hale Sargent, Interpretive Specialist, Anza Trail

Tagged as:   Recreation Trail , history

Detail: Map of National Scenic and Historic Trails

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail is not only a program of the National Park Service. It is also a proud part of our country's system of National Scenic and Historic Trails.  Like a National Park, a National Trail earns its designation through an act of Congress.  Our National Scenic Trails provide an opportunity for outdoor recreation, conservation, and exploration of our beautiful landscapes. National Historic Trails commemorate a movement of people or trade that was important to the development of our country and culture. Learn more:… Read more »

Las Posadas Returns to the Martinez Adobe, Dec. 6

by Hale Sargent, Anza Trail

Tagged as:   California , Contra Costa County , Volunteers , history

Shepherds at Las Posadas 2013

(Download the Flyer Below) Experience Las Posadas at the Martinez Adobe, on the grounds of the John Muir National Historic Site: Saturday, December 6, 2014 1:30PM to 4PM John Muir National Historic Site 4202 Alhambra AvenueMartinez, CA 94553 This free, bilingual family program in Spanish and English shares the history behind a holiday tradition celebrated throughout the Americas. A musical procession featuring a donkey and costumed performers leads to the breaking of a traditional piñata and kids' activity stations. Las Posadas — a holiday tradition in many countries… Read more »

San Jose: Become a National Park Service Volunteer on Board Amtrak

by Hale Sargent, Anza Trail Interpretive Specialist

Tagged as:   Santa Clara County , Volunteers

All aboard! The Trails & Rails program – a partnership between the National Park Service and Amtrak – is expanding to San Jose and now recruiting local volunteer docents. (See a video about Trails & Rails: http://youtu.be/dKy2EqiHjHc) The Coast Starlight route parallels the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, a program of the National Park Service that commemorates the Spanish colonial migration route to the Bay Area. The San Jose docents will join 17 active Trails & Rails programs across the country. A day-long volunteer training will take… Read more »

Call for Artists: Anza Expedition from Native California Perspective. Apply by Dec. 31.

Tagged as:   California , Native American

California Indian Heritage Center Foundation

The California Indian Heritage Center Foundation is calling for Native American artists to produce new visual artwork that shares the Native Californian perspective of the Anza Expedition of 1775-76 and its impact. The visual art will enter the collection of the California Indian Heritage Center Foundation for display and interpretation. It will also be used by the National Park Service for education and interpretation of multiple perspectives of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail commemorates the migration route… Read more »

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