The Old Spanish Trail has been designated as a national historic trail, because of its rich history and national significance. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Park Service are currently conducting a Comprehensive Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
Once planning is completed, the two agencies will jointly administer the national historic trail, which is more than 2,700 miles in length and crosses New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and California.
Visit the Old Spanish Trail BLM website at:
Trail administrative activities include:
National Trails System
Did You Know?
Researchers mapping the Old Spanish National Historic Trail have used travelers' accounts and knowledge of landmarks, geography, and geology. Over its years of use, Old Spanish Trail routes varied as traders looked for good water sources and shortened the length and time of travel.