2019 Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Highlights

Anza Trail Foundation (ATF) and partners


Programs — Nearly 36,951 people participated in the NPS Trails and Rails programs. Environmental Education Exchange in Tucson, AZ conducted 100 fourth grade classroom presentations about the Anza Trail and expedition. ATF Board Member Lindy Hatcher spoke about trail and advocated for the national scenic and historic trails at an event at Oceano.

Exhibits — Anza Society International and Pima County completed construction on the first phase of the Anza Accessible Trail Exhibit plaza, adjacent to the Tucson campus of the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. Displays will use Spanish, English, American Sign Language, and Braille in addition to music and art. Funding for artistic elements comes from a Cooperative Agreement with NPS and ATF. Work on the Anza Accessible Experience continues in partnership with the Rivers Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program.


Signage — In partnership with NPS, the State of Sonora, Mexico developed an Anza Historic Route and Anza Tourist Route with directional signage and wayside panels installed at significant historic sites. Through Cooperative Agreements with NPS, ATF funded a new wayside in San Juan Bautista, and Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona completed the implementation of a five-year wayfinding and interpretative project along the Anza Recreational Trail in Santa Cruz County, AZ.


Strategic Plan — NPS initiated a strategic plan for the trail in Fiscal Year 2019 for the next five to seven years. With the 250th Anniversary of the Anza Expedition occurring at the same time as the 250th Commemoration of the United States, strategic planning sessions in San Francisco, CA and Tucson, AZ focused on capacity efforts that take advantage of a strong commemoration year.