An Arduous Adventure of Rich Trade

Follow the routes of mule pack trains across the Southwest on the Old Spanish National Historic Trail between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Los Angeles, California. New Mexican traders moved locally produced merchandise across what are now six states to exchange for mules and horses.


Old Spanish Trail map 2009

A Complete Set of Tools

Ready to follow the trail? Need a map? Your toolkit includes brochures, maps, and links for trip planning.

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Passport book

Passport to Your Parks

Visit over 40 sites where you can get your book stamped. Sites & location information listed here. Everyone loves the National Park Passport Program!

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Howdy Partner

The National Park Service works with federal, state, county, and local agencies, tribes and private individuals as partners to administer the trail.

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Chuck Rock, AZ

Your Link to History

This is a story of traders, soldiers, merchants, Indians, and horse thieves traveling one of the crookedest trails in history. Read all about it here.

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planners in California

Planning for a New National Historic Trail

It’s a process! And that includes a Comprehensive Administrative Strategy/Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which is underway.

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