Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail


The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, which traverses the landscape from Nogales, AZ, to San Francisco, CA, tracks the path the Spanish Captain Juan Bautista de Anza led 300 people from New Spain to settle Alta California in 1776. The path also marks the first trail from New Spain to San Francisco.

The full-scale Anza Trail exhibit in Martinez, CA, allows guests to explore the people and culture of the Anza expedition. There is no official visitor center for the Anza Trail, but there are several visitor service centers with facilities along the trail.

The northern end of the trail resides in San Francisco at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Visitor's Center. The visitor's center is open all year, generally from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Located by car about 25 minutes north of San Francisco International Airport, the Anza Trail trailhead at Golden Gate National Recreation Area is within walking distance of the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, BATS Improv Theatre, whale watching at San Francisco Bay, and the Cannery. Visitors can travel a little father to see many of San Francisco's most popular sites, such as Fisherman's Wharf, Aquarium of the Bay, and the Coit Tower.

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