Juan Bautista de Anza - Western National Parks Association

Juan Bautista de Anza

National Historic Trail


“¡Vayan Subiendo!”(“Everyone mount up!”) was Juan Bautista de Anza’s rousing call when in 1775, he launched with some 240 men, women, and children an epic journey to establish the first nonnative settlement at San Francisco Bay. Today, the 1,200-mile trail connects history, culture, and outdoor recreation from Nogales, Arizona, to Northern California.

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Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail is a 1,200-mile-long trail that tells the complex history of migration and colonization in the American Southwest.

Since our founding in 1938

WNPA has provided more than

$126 million

in aid to our partner parks to fund educational programs, initiatives, and scientific research

Kids in Parks

National parks are places where kids can dream up great adventures! Taking in amazing scenery. Testing out new skills. Exploring places kids may have only heard about. But most importantly, creating new memories with friends and family.

Our public lands are our public commons. They belong to all of us as part of our natural and cultural heritage. They remind us of a larger world that has existed long before the arrival of humans and will survive long after we are gone. –Terry Tempest Williams, Author & Conservationist

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When you can’t get to a national park for a visit, experience it from the comfort of your home. WNPA’s online store is packed with ranger-approved park collectibles, books, toys, and clothing. Shop for a special item.