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  • Take a historic horseback ride at Anza Day celebration at Canoa Ranch Oct. 19

    Oct 08, 2019 | Read More News
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    After Col. Anza rides in on horseback in period dress, visitors to Historic Canoa Ranch can join him on an hourlong re-enactment of his historic 1776 expedition as part of the seventh annual Anza Day celebration Oct. 19.

    The ranch is part of Raul M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road in Green Valley. The event, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., is free and open to the public.
    Folklorico dancers
    The one-hour horseback rides on the historic Anza Trail are $50 per person and must be reserved in advance. Make reservations and prepay with a credit card by calling 520-724-5220. Call early for reservations as these rides sell out. 

    Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation manages the ranch, which the County purchased in 2001 with voter-approved 1997 and 2004 bond funds.

    At 9:30 a.m. the Anza Trail Color Guard, which includes 18 riders on horseback in period costume, arrives in the courtyard. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the Color Guard will lead visitors on the paid rides along the historic Anza Trail. 
    Anza Day will also feature:
    • Presentations in the Manning Jr./Schnaufer House, beginning at 10 a.m.
    • Ballet folklorico performances in the courtyard by Danzacultura Mexicana, 10 a.m.-noon;
    • Horseback rides departing at 10:30 a.m. and noon;
    • Singer and musician Angel Perez performing, 12:30-2:30 p.m.;
    • Self-guided tours of Canoa Ranch and its exhibits;
    • Sahuarita Community 4H displays of chickens, pigeons, rabbits, turkey, potbellied pigs and more; and
    • Sonoran dogs, nachos, brisket and pulled pork for purchase
    Juan Bautista de Anza was a lieutenant colonel in the Royal Spanish cavalry and commander of the Tubac Presidio. When he led a 240-person expedition to northern California in 1775-76, the group spent its first night at the paraje, or campsite, at the site of Canoa Ranch. 

    For more information about the ranch, including volunteer opportunities and guided tours, please visit Historic Canoa Ranch, call 520-724-5220 or email CanoaRanch@pima.gov.