Juan Bautista de Anza
National Historic Trail
Visiting the Anza National Historic Trail in Atascadero
The Anza Trail passes through Atascadero in close proximity to the Salinas River, where the Oak savannah shelters abundant wildlife and a unique assortment of riparian vegetation not commonly found in other areas of the Central Coast. Click on the interactive map image to follow the Anza Expedition.
Spring wildflower sightings include Wooly milkweed, Mule’s ears, Jepson’s morning glory, and California false indigo, Amorpha californica. California False Indigo is an aromatic shrub in the pea family native to central and southern California and is the larval food plant for our California State butterfly, the California Dogface.
All the Atascadero north trails combined create a total of almost six miles of easy to moderate trails. The trails are administered by the Atascadero Mutual Water Company and can be easily accessed from the north via the Anza Horse arena parking lot on N Ferrocarril Road.
Atascadero Mutual Water Company (AMWC) and the City of Atascadero allow the public to use their properties that front the Salinas River. Allowable uses include horseback riding, hiking, and bicycling. Motorized vehicles, fires, and firearms (including paintball guns) are prohibited. Many enjoy daily walks along the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail. It is AMWC’s and the City’s desire to maintain these precious riparian corridors so we can all enjoy them for many years to come.
North Anza NHT
Trail Overview: There is abundant wildlife and a unique assortment of riparian vegetation along the trail not commonly found in other areas of Atascadero. AMWC invites you to use the trail and experience the Salinas River environment.
Directions to Trailhead: The trail can be easily accessed from the north via the horse arena parking lot on N Ferrocarril Road, or from the south via AMWC’s property at 6805 Sycamore Road.
Total Distance: All trails combined create a total of almost 6 miles.
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
South Anza NHT
Trail Overview: This trail consists of abundant wildlife and native vegetation that makes this hike one of a kind. Enjoy the easy trail in the morning or at night for a unique experience.
Directions to Trailhead: Exit Highway 101 at Curbaril Avenue. Head east on Curbaril Avenue to Cortez Avenue and turn right. There is Equestrian Parking on Cortez Avenue, as well as the Jim Green Trailhead, and the de Anza Trailhead is just across the railroad tracks.
Total Distance: Approximately 1.7 miles
Hike Difficulty: Easy
An Anza NHT National Parks Passport stamp is available at the Atascadero Mutual Water Company Office.
See location and hours below.