Anza Trail Coalition
The best place to experience the river is along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The AT, a 1200 mile long route commemorating the historic journey of Colonel Anza and 240 settlers to found San Francisco, was established on the ground in Santa Cruz County by a local volunteer group, the Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona
Through sheer hard work and persistence, this small group not only provided the first public access to the river (which was entirely privately owned at the time of the Trail’s establishment), but also continues to expand and maintain this spectacular equestrian/hiking path.
For the best riparian experience, find the Trail anywhere between Rio Rico and Tubac. Trailhead access can be found at:
- Tubac Presidio State Park http://tubacpp.com/presidio.html
- Tumacacori Mission National Park http://www.nps.gov/tuma/index.htm
- Santa Gertrudis Lane, off of the East Frontage Road about 1/8 mile south of Tumacacori Mission National Park
- Just east of the bridge on Palo Parado Road in Rio Rico
An overview of the Trail can be seen on the National Park Service website at http://www.nps.gov/juba/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=108584.
You can also download a map from the local Anza Trail Coalition at: