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Juan Bautista de Anza National Trail color guard part of 2018 National Trails Day celebration in Anza


Last updated 5/10/2018 at 12:45pm


The Anza Color guard will be participating in Anza's National Trails Day Celebration, Saturday, June 2.

ANZA – The Anza Area Trail Town will host the 2018 National Trails Day celebration and hike in Anza, 7:30 a.m., Saturday, June 2, at Minor Park. The event will honor all who have traveled or will travel local trails. Since the Juan Bautista De Anza Historical Trail is one trail the Anza Area Trail Town would like to see built, the celebration will feature the Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail Color Guard to educate attendees about this part of trail history.

Along with the color guard, there will be a free short hike of 1 1/2 miles from Minor Park to the Hamilton Museum along a route that may become a dedicated part of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historical Trail. Free registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and the hike begins 8 a.m.

Trails are a part of history for the Anza and Aguanga Area. From the early Cahuilla Native American people who were adapted to living in the arid environment and traveled trails to trade needed goods with others, to Juan Bautista De Anza who traveled through Anza in the years 1774-1776 on a route from Cuiliaca'n Rosales Mexico to the Presidio of San Francisco, California, to the first ranchers that traveled the Anza Trails to gather cattle and make a living and lastly to those modern day hikers that travel the trails for numerous reasons from being able to commune with nature or to find out what solitude is like away from modern society.

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Color Guard is a military-style color guard, but it is also an equine group, authentically interpreting and enhancing the knowledge and understanding of the history of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

The interpreters are more than a simple color guard; they dress in 18th century clothing and in modern dress, representing different historical groups. In addition to their military soldado impressions, the group also features representatives of the civilian men, women and children on the 1775 colonizing expedition to San Francisco. Interpreters may dress as settlers, militia, soldiers, vaqueros and muleteers.

The color guard consists of two divisions representing history from Arizona and California and working together to provide living history programs along the entirety of the Anza Trail historic corridor. Both divisions adhere to the same regulations, clothing designs and interpretive materials and work closely with the National Park Service as volunteers-in-parks.

The Anza Trail Color Guard mission is to provide an educational program that will enhance local, regional, state and national programs by telling, as accurately as possible, the military, social and political aspects of the Anza Expedition.

The event will include displays of trail maps, historical re-enactments by the Anza color guard, vendor booths and food. High Country Conservancy, Cahuilla Casino at Mountain Sky Travel Center, Pizza Factory, Anza Electric Cooperative, High Country Youth Center of Anza, Anza Hardware, Bank of Hemet, Hipcamp and Hamilton Museum are sponsoring the event.

For more information on the event or to reserve a vendor booth or food booth space, contact Allison Renck at [email protected] or call (951) 663-5452. To register for the hike, visit


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