TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The National Park Service is offering a special "Park to Park hike" along the Anza Trail to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
The hike, on April 9, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, will take place along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail that runs between Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Tumacacori National Historic Park. Hikers will be able to catch a free return shuttle back to their starting point after walking the four-mile stretch between the two parks. Admission to both Tubac and Tumacacori will be free until noon as well.
Hike participants will have a choice between a walking stick medallion or a pin representing each of the Park units. There will also be a special Junior Ranger activity, where participants will become an Anza Trail Junior Ranger and will receive an annotated map of the entire route that the Anza expedition took from Culiacan to San Franciso.
The four mile stretch of Anza Trail is mostly level and shady. Hike participants are encouraged to wear good walking shoes, dress for the weather, and carry water and snacks.
The Anza Trail, part of our national trail system, stretches from the Mexican border in Nogales to San Francisco, California, commemorating the founding in 1776 of that city by Tubac Captain Juan Bautista de Anza and a group of settlers from what is now Sonora, Mexico. You will be following the first walkable portion of the national trail created in 1990, the stretch between Tumacácori and Tubac. The Tubac Presidio, the site of the first European settlement in Arizona and the first Spanish fort in the Santa Cruz Valley, was also the first park in the Arizona State Park system. Tumacácori, the first mission established in 1691 by Jesuit missionary Father Eusebio Francisco Kino in what is now Arizona, was also among the first park sites established by President Theodore Roosevelt as a National Monument, in 1908 – the park celebrated its centennial eight years ago – it is older than the National Park Service!
The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park is located at 1 Burruel Street, Tubac, AZ at Exit 34 on I-19 south of Tucson. For more information on the hike or other park events and activities, call the park at (520) 398-2252 or visit TubacPresidio.org.