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Santa Ana River

View of Santa Ana River near where Anza crossed on way to San Gabriel.
Santa Ana River

This current view of the Santa Ana River gives a incorrect impression of the historical river both Anza expeditions found difficult to cross. Today the dispersed river flow reflects current water management. The river area was described by Anza as a countryside "entirely distinct from the rest of America which I have seen; in the grasses and the flowers of the fields, and also in the fact that the rainy season is in the winter, it is very similar to Spain."

Image Source: US National Park Service

Image Credit: Courtesy of US National Park Service. Meredith Kaplan, Superintendent of Anza National Historic Trail.

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