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Review of Anza Trail

Anza Trail
Reviewed October 22, 2011

Don't make a 2011 decision based on a 2009 review. Volunteers put a lot of work into this and it was a pleasant, early morning walk, no trash problems. Not enough wildlife for you? Complain to the birds about it.

4  Thank Eleanor H
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Reviewed March 30, 2009

I was wary about doing the Anza Trail during a trip to Tubac on March 28-29 after reading the previous review. But a representative from SABO (Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory) encouraged me to go anyway.

I agree that it's not a terribly scenic or pretty trail, but it has been cleaned up recently thanks to volunteer efforts. (I read an article about it in the local Green Valley newspaper later in the day.)

Once you get into the cottonwoods, you hear a virtual symphony of bird calls. We saw the brilliant scarlet vermillion flycatcher, the spectacular blue-and-green-hued broad-billed hummingbird, and what I believe was a sharp-shinned or possibly Cooper's hawk (they're very similar and I am not a pro at this), among other birds. And we went mid-afternoon, when they're least active.

The trail is flat, dusty, and buggy, so yes, it has its down sides. If you're looking for scenery, this is not the hike for you. If you want to see birds, it's great.

1  Thank 1wino
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Reviewed March 5, 2009

While visiting Green Valley, Arizona, we jumped at the chance to hike the historical Anza trail which leaves Tubac and reaches the Franciscan mission of Tumacacori in four miles.

While this trail may be of some interest to birders, for those of us who enjoy scenery and fun treks it was a most desolate and dismal experience. Most of the trail travels across dead flat fields or directly behind subdivision houses and the biggest attraction is each back yard...

When the trail actually meanders into the woods, there are trash dumps left everywhere by illegals sneaking across the border and hiding in the bushes. The unnatural bright green color of low lying ground cover has been produced by introducing lots of reclaimed waste water...What signage there may be is old, faded and placed in wrong locations.

We turned back after a mile and a half being completely turned off!! You would think that this trail which is in an upper crust population area and of historical importance would be cared for with great pride and attention...not so!

3  Thank PuddlestheThird
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