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  • CR4.03 Anza Trail - Los Morteros Campsite

    Total Actual Cost: $1,113,828
    Project Number: CSUATLMOR
    Funding Sources: 2004 General Obligation Bonds
    Completion Date: December 2016 
    Managing Dept.: Office of Sustainability and Conservation 
    Project Map: GIS Map

    The Anza Trail commemorates the 240 men, women, and children of the 1775-76 Spanish colonial expedition led by Juan Bautista de Anza that traveled on foot and horseback from New Spain (now México) to settle San Francisco in Alta California. 
    Designated a National Historic Trail by Congress in 1990, the National Park Service administers this 1,200-mile historic trail from Nogales, Arizona, to the San Francisco Bay Area. The historic corridor of the Anza Expedition includes an additional 600 miles in northern Mexico.
    The Anza Trail crosses some 70 miles in Pima County along the Santa Cruz River. This project provides public access to the Anza Trail and commemorates campsites used by the 1775-1776 Juan Bautista de Anza colonizing expedition. This trailhead and 1775 Anza campsite is Puerto del Azotado, one of six Anza campsites that are now within Pima County.
    This Anza campsite, located within the Los Morteros Conservation Area, is owned by Pima County and a trailhead and parking area have been constructed that connects to trail segments to the north and south. The location is along Coachline Boulevard just east of Silverbell Road in Marana. The trailhead consists of a paved parking area for approximately 20 vehicles, an overflow gravel parking area, a shade ramada with benches, and interpretive signage. To the north is an unobstructed view of the Point of Mountain and the Tortolita Mountains.

    Benefits to the public include access to the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, the preservation of land in its natural state, and interpretive signage that provides information on the Anza Expedition as well as the large Hohokam site that is located at the same place. The 1,200-mile Anza Trail connects historic, cultural, and recreation sites from Nogales, AZ, to the San Francisco Bay Area that reveal the legacy of our Spanish colonial heritage.
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