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  • CR4.03 Anza Trail - Llano Grande Campsite

    Total Actual Cost: $1,187,337 
    Project Number: CSUATLANO
    Funding Sources: 2004 General Obligation Bonds 
    Completion Date: June 2019 
    Managing Dept.: Office of Sustainability and Conservation 
    Project Map: GIS Map 

    The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail commemorates the 1775 expedition of Juan Bautista de Anza – commander of the Royal Presidio in Tubac - who, along with presidio soldiers, their families, interpreters, priests, cowboys, cooks and one thousand head of livestock, traveled to California on foot, founding the presidio of San Francisco.

    This 1997 (CH-30) and 2004 (CR4.03) bond project produced a master plan that included land feasibility studies and public education elements for the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. Implementation of the master plan and execution of the bond acquired land for the trail, constructed new segments of the trail, provided access, and established new trailhead amenities with ADA accessible parking spaces, interpretive signage, and shade structures, and commemorated five Anza Expedition campsite locations. The locations included Canoa Ranch in Green Valley, Llano Grande in Sahuarita, Tuquison in Tucson, and Llano del Azotado and Oit Pars in and near Marana. Campsite commemoration included land acquisition at Llano Grande, dedication of City of Tucson land at Tuquison, and dedication of Pima County land at Oit Pars and Llano del Azotado. Public interpretation of the Anza Expedition was achieved at the campsites through educational signage and other aids.

    The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail project is considered substantially complete with the installation of interpretive signage, mile markers on carsonite posts delineating the trail, gates along the trail, National designation in October 2018, creation of a public webapp depicting the trail and associated infrastructure- hosted by both Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service, and wayfinding signage at all Pima County Anza trailheads.

    This bond project has provided residents of Pima County and visitors with additional access and use of trail segments along the north/south oriented Santa Cruz River Valley corridor for roughly 50 miles, while enhancing heritage education and recreation opportunities for the public.

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