How To Use This Guide
Go to the top of this page and use the "select a county" pull-down menu to begin your journey. This
guide is organized so that travelers can easily explore, county
by county, as much or as little as they choose of the route followed
by Juan Bautista de Anza's historic expeditions. It begins where
Anza entered what is now Arizona and ends with his explorations
of the San Francisco Bay Area.
The guide is organized into chapters. Each chapter represents a
county, realizing of course that there were no counties when Anza
passed through. There are nineteen counties, plus an additional
chapter, "Getting Back," describing how Anza got back from his explorations
of the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay.
chapters are not meant to be a comprehensive description of how
to get to Anza-related places, or a description of those places.
They do provide a starting point for travelers so that they can
decide what they would like to see and do along the way. It is best
to always cross reference this material with your own maps and references.
The additional resources at the end of each chapter provide addresses,
both web and postal, where more information can be obtained.
Each chapter also features a map, driving directions, historic sites
relevant to Anza's trip, and other interpretive sites along the
way. Just as important are quotes from Anza's diary and that of
the missionary accompanying the group, Father Pedro Font. These
entries aid the traveler's understanding of the daily challenges
Anza and the settlers faced.
some cases, the path taken by Anza is today on lands that are in
private hands, on government military bases, or in some other way
inaccessible. There are thus two types of trail signs along the
auto route. The first simply denotes the auto route and is marked
"Auto Tour Route". It is usually parallel or close to Anza's historic
route, the "Historic Corridor." The second type of sign is denoted
by the words "Historic Route" and, to a degree of certainty, is
on the same path that was followed by Anza.
On each map, you will find a legend with the icons for: the historic
corridor and the driving route, as well as the 1775/1776 campsites
denoted using Father Font's numbering scheme. "Historic Sites" are
places that played a special role in the events of the expedition
or in the lives of the expedition's members and descendants. At
Visitors' Centers, more information can be obtained about the expedition
and about other nearby places that are linked to the trail or the
Anza expeditions and their aftermath.
More information on the trails shown on the maps can be found via
the Additional Resources sections found near the bottom of the web
page for each county. Unless otherwise stated, the web sites given
in this guide omit the typical https://www. prefix. The web site
where travelers can learn more about the trail then becomes nps.gov/juba/