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 first caravan to the West took 60 men and 100 mules across more than 1,000 miles of rocky terrain and mountain passes, alluring and treacherous. It took them 12 weeks. Go to History & Culture to find out more!
The Old Spanish National Historic Trail extends 2,700 miles across New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. Visit museums, historic sites, landmarks, and trail routes to experience the lure of the trail in the early 1800s.
States: New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California