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?
The wool trade and sheep were a major economic industry in New Mexico. Woven woolen goods were shipped west on the Old Spanish Trail, and south to other Mexican provinces along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. Thousands of sheep were traded from Santa Fe south on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro to Chihuahua and Durango from 1821-1846.