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.
Know Before You Go!
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