Basic Information

GIS Data and Information
For Geographic Information System data regarding the Old Spanish National Historic Trail (Feasibility Study), please visit the Resource Information Management page of the National Trails Intermountain Region website.

Entrance Fees:

people on trail beside river with cottonwood in the foreground and crumbly cliffs in the background
Discover Old Spanish Trail corridors: This section of the Rio Chama River, tributary of the Rio Grande, is located about six miles north of Abiquiú, New Mexico and flows through the Carson National Forest.


Enjoy Old Spanish National Historic Trail!

Essential Information for Your Trip on the Trail

What do vibrant blankets of the Southwest and mules have to do with each other? In 1829, they met on one of the crookedest, most arduous trails in history. The Old Spanish Trail was the first route to connect the Mexican provinces of New Mexico and California. Warm, colorful serapes, blankets, and ponchos were coveted in Los Angeles while Santa Fe citizens waited for the pack mule trains to bring back horses and mules.

The Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service administer the trail together to foster trail preservation and public use. These agencies work in close partnership with the Old Spanish Trail Association, Indian tribes, state, county, and municipal governmental agencies, private landowners, nonprofit heritage conservation groups, and many others. Trail sites are in private, municipal, tribal, federal, or state ownership. Please ask for permission before visiting any trail sites on private lands and check with public sites for visiting hours and regulations.

Passport to Your National Parks offers an interactive map with trail sites and a list of sites by state. The trail brochure can be found on the Trail Brochures web page.

Know Before You Go!

Fees & Passes


Protect the Trail

To foster trail preservation, do not use metal detectors, dig at sites, collect artifacts, or remove anything. Please respect these historic places.

Last updated: February 12, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

National Trails Intermountain Region
Old Spanish National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504


(505) 988-6098

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