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Juan Bautista De Anza Trail , AZ

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Distance One Way 4.44 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,000 feet
Elevation Gain -98 feet
Accumulated Gain 35 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.56
Interest Historic & Perennial Creek
Backpack No
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13  2018-08-28 cactuscat
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Tour de Tubac
14  2017-05-29 SkyIslandHiker
30  2016-03-28 Tortoise_Hiker
5  2007-03-28 BrettVet
Author BrettVet
author avatar Guides 15
Routes 40
Photos 335
Trips 48 map ( 525 miles )
Age 71 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → 10 AM
Seasons   Winter
Sun  5:20am - 7:32pm
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Walk in the Woods
by BrettVet

This is part of a 1200-mile historic trail from Nogales to San Francisco. In 1775, Juan Bautista, a commanding officer in the Spanish army, loaded up 50 men and blazed a trail to San Francisco. It sounds like fun to me! This is the Tumacacori to Tubac 4.5 mile section of the trail that parallels the riparian Santa Cruz River. You can hike the trail in either direction, but I prefer the southern trailhead just north of the Tumacacori Mission because parking is easier. If you prefer shopping, the northern trailhead located in Tubac at the south end of the picnic area across the street from the presidio information center is our best bet.

From the Mission trailhead, the trail goes around the northern fence line of the mission to what once was a dirt road to the river. Just before the river, the trail turns left through the mesquite forest, then through the river's dry floodway to the first river crossing. Fortunately, there is a small footbridge across the 6-foot wide river. A note of caution here; THE WATER IS POLLUTED! It comes out of Nogales Mexico, and is marginally treated sewage. I'm a veterinarian and would not even let my golden retriever wade in it. The trail wanders through cottonwood groves past abandoned adobe homes and an archeological site. It crosses the river again about 3 miles into the hike. Then it intersects a dirt road that goes east and west. Go west to the far end of the riverbed, and there is a gait to the rest of the trail that parallels the riverbank. The wooded trail breaks up into a park area and dips back into the riverbank behind Tubac's subdivisions. To end to the east of Tubac. Retrace your route or make it a two-vehicle hike.

The Tubac to Tumacacori section of the trail is maintained by the Anza Trail Coalition, a non-profit group. It removes the bridges during monsoon season and has reached agreements where the trail crosses private land, so be respectful. One last comment. If the water during monsoon season looks like it is flowing too fast to cross, it probably is!

The Anza rail is one of the few riparian wooded trails in southern Arizona and is excellent on a warmer day because of all the shade. It also is a bird-watching destination of world renown if you are into that.

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2007-03-27 BrettVet

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    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    AZ State Recreational Land Permits
    For hiking, driving & sightseeing purposes, you seek the recreational permit.
    Under "Recreational Land Use" in the link above.
    2020 - $15.00 individual
    2020 - $20.00 family limited to two adults and children under the age of 18
    Plus $1 processing fee
    The permitting process quick, you will be emailed your permit instantly.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Travel on I-10 to I-19 south 45 miles to the Tumacacori exit number 29. Turn east and go under the interstate to the frontage road. Turn north and follow the signs to the Tumacacori Mission. The trailhead is a gate 200 yards north of the mission on the east side of the road.
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