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  • Anza Day set for Oct. 25 at Canoa Ranch

    Oct 20, 2015 | Read More News
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    Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation will host the third annual Anza Day celebration on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Canoa Ranch, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road in Green Valley. The event is free and open to the public.

    Juan Bautista de AnzaWhen Juan Bautista de Anza, a lieutenant colonel in the Royal Spanish cavalry and commander of the Tubac Presidio, led a 240-person expedition to northern California in 1775-76, the group spent its first night at the paraje, or campsite, at the ranch site. 

    Visitors can tour historic ranch buildings and corrals, and enjoy an Anza Expedition exhibit and an appearance by the Anza Trail Color Guard. 

    The schedule of activities includes:
    • Self-guided tours
    • Historic Trade Beads Presentation by Steve Ellis at 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
    • Anza Trail Color Guard Procession led by Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza at 10:30 a.m.
    • Ballet Folklorico La Paloma Performance at 11:15 a.m.
    • Adobe Brick Making – Simon Herbert
    • Power from the Past – Vintage Tractors and Engines
    • Exhibits related to the history of Canoa Ranch and the people who lived there
    • Artisans
    • Antiques/Collectibles
    • Local Foods
    • Food and drink for purchase from La Palma (fresh fish and shrimp tacos and ceviche)
    • Information Booths
    • Green Valley Gardeners
    • Living With Urban Wildlife Trailer – NRPR

    In 2001, Pima County purchased and began to restore the 4,800-acre Canoa Ranch complex with voter-approved 1997 and 2004 bond funds. The Board of Supervisors voted to designate the property the Raúl M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park. Congressman Grijalva lived on the ranch as a young boy. 

    Pima County opened the ranch headquarters to the public in March 2013.

    For more information about the ranch, including volunteer opportunities and free guided tours, please visit Historic Hacienda de la Canoa online, call 520-724-5520 or email CanoaRanch@pima.gov.