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By Allison Renck
Special to the Anza Valley Outlook 

Trails to be celebrated at Minor Park in Anza


Last updated 4/12/2018 at 7:31pm


National Trails Day will be celebrated June 2 at Minor Park in Anza.

The newly formed nonprofit organization Anza Area Trail Town is trying to highlight the importance of trails with a celebration on National Trails Day June 2, at Minor Park in Anza, where visitors and residents will do a 1.5 mile hike on a portion of trail that will eventually become part of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Trail.

The trail follows the route of de Anza and his group who traveled from Mexico to San Francisco in 1775 and 1776 and that the town of Anza is named after. Those that register for the hike by May 7, will receive a free T-shirt commemorating the event. The event will include displays of trail maps, historical re-enactments by the Anza Color Guard, vendor booths and food.

National Trails Day got its start with a nonprofit organization but is rooted in the actions of previous Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan.

Past President Johnson did not believe that all progress depended on economic growth. He believed that the United States needed to move beyond only economic growth toward a new vision of progress. That vision included signing into law the National Trails System Act, establishing national, recreation, scenic and historical trails in 1968.

In his own words he stated "Beauty is not an easy thing to measure. It does not show up in the gross national product, in a weekly paycheck, or in profit and loss statements. But these things are not ends in themselves. They are a road to satisfaction and pleasure and the good life. Beauty makes its own direct contribution to these final ends. Therefore, it is one of the most important components of our true national income, not to be left out simply because statisticians cannot calculate its worth."

Johnson gave a voice to the need to preserve the United States of America's natural space and outdoor recreation areas and this in turn created momentum for more organizations that spearheaded these ideas to form. One group was the American Hiking Society which gave voice to the need of society to have more trails developed, so citizens could enjoy America's beauty.

As more citizens gave voice to the importance of trails, Past President Ronald Reagan signed an executive order in 1985 creating a commission to review outdoor recreation resources and this commission determined that more was needed to be done to expand more recreational opportunities on public lands and the federal government needed to help fund and support these efforts.

As the commission worked to find ways to make more trails a reality for more American to use, it created a report named "Trails for All Americans." This report focused on the importance of trail recreation in the United States.

With this report many organizations worked on ways to highlight the National Trails System. One organization, the nonprofit American Hiking Society, launched in 1993 its "National Trails Day" Program which encourages organizations to participate in, by highlighting the importance of trails in the United States.

Many local organizations participate on this day designated the first Saturday in June, by doing hikes, rides, volunteer trail building and other activities to highlight the importance of getting out and using those trails. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails Systems Act that President Johnson signed into law in 1968.

The areas of Anza and Aguanga are unique when it comes to trails. The Rural communities sit right in the middle of some pretty incredible trail areas which include the Beauty Mountain Wilderness, Cahuilla Mountain Wilderness, San Jacinto National Forest and Anza Borrego State Park.

For more information on the event contact Allison Renck at [email protected] or call (951) 663-5452. To register for the hike go to:


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