From 1771-76 Juan Bautista de Anza lead 240 emigrants 1200 miles from Mexico to California and this National Historic Trail established in 1990 preserves the route in a collection of driving/hiking recreational paths. Much of the trail passes through Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yuma counties in little known “who-knew” pockets of history.
The national park service has posted a very cool interactive mapping tool online and is asking you to assist in documenting and drawing attention to the Anza Trail. Just go to the MapCollaborator site and upload your info. Once approved by NPS staff, entered data will be shared on the web.
Bio: Serial blogger, manic hiker and “mom” to a dozen adopted dogs, Mare Czinar has been exploring Arizona trails for more than 20 years. After being led astray (or just plain confused) by outdated hiking books and online resources (hence the tagline: We got lost, so you don’t have to), Czinar sought to create a fully vetted, frequently updated online hike travelogue with current driving and hiking directions to spare fellow hikers the mental and physical wear-and-tear of aimless wandering.
In addition, blog entries are amended when road closures or wildfires restrict trail access. When not working, blogging, writing about the great outdoors or picking up dog poo, Czinar attempts to “stay found” while checking out new trails.