Mark your calendars for Sunday, Oct. 26, to celebrate the second annual Anza Day at Canoa Ranch.
When Juan Bautista de Anza, a lieutenant colonel in the Royal Spanish cavalry and commander of the Tubac Presidio, led a 240-person expedition to northern California in 1775-76, the group spent its first night at the paraje, or campsite, at the ranch site.
Visit the historic ranch buildings and corrals, and enjoy a brand new Anza Expedition exhibit and an appearance by the Anza Trail Color Guard. Savor the flavors and fragrances produced by an authentic Chuckwagon and cook who will be serving up tasty dishes from large Dutch ovens over an open fire. See Power from the Past’s vintage tractors and engines, and the Green Valley/Sahuarita 4-H’s baby calves, goats and chickens.
The free event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
In 2001, Pima County purchased and began to restore the 4,800-acre Canoa Ranch complex with voter-approved 1997 and 2004 bond funds. The Board of Supervisors voted to designate the property the Raúl M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park.
Grijalva lived on the ranch as a young boy.
Pima County opened the ranch headquarters to the public in March 2013.
Anza Day at Canoa Ranch
Date: Sunday, Oct. 26
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Place: 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley
Robert Vaughn, Canoa Ranch manager