Juan Bautista de Anza NHT: 2018 Highlights

Anza Trail Foundation (ATF) and Partners

  • Used the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System to reflect on the effects of the Anza Expedition and future opportunities to engage new and underserved communities.
  • ATF board member Beverly Lane prepared an exhibit, “Native Peoples and the Anza Expedition,” at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley in Danville, CA, from the vantage point of the 24 Tribes whose trails Anza followed from New Spain to the San Francisco Bay. It included four paintings by artists commissioned by the California Indian Heritage Center Foundation.
  • Anza Society International held a White Cane Day on the proposed site of an Accessible Anza Trail Experience near the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind for over 150 students and staff, NPS staff, and Anza Society volunteers.
  • Pima County, AZ completed and certified 47 miles of multi-use Anza Recreation Trail as part of “The Tucson Loop,” a 130-mile system of shared-use paths and bike lanes which follow the Santa Cruz River through Tucson, AZ. Included in the completion of this 17-year project by the county are five certified historic campsites and three certified interpretive sites. Pima County and the Anza Trail celebrated this project with the public and elected officials, including Congressman Raul Grijalva and County Supervisor and Chair Richard Elias in October 2018 at the Historic Canoa Ranch, Green Valley, AZ.
  • ATF board members and representatives from various Anza organizations participated in a visioning session with trail Superintendent Naomi Torres in November 2018. One goal of the session is for an alliance of partners to leverage the 250th anniversary of the Expedition to create memorable experiences that connect the people and places forever changed by the Anza Expedition.

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Beverly Lane, Anza Trail Foundation board member, prepared the “Native Peoples and the Anza Expedition” exhibit at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley in Danville, CA. Photo Credit: Beverly Lane, ATF.