A New National Historic Trail
In 2002, the Old Spanish Trail was designated as a national historic trail because of its rich history and national significance. The trail, which is more than 2,700 miles in length and crosses New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and California, is jointly administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Park Service. In 2017, the two agencies completed a Comprehensive Administrative Strategy that outlines the shared responsibility of administering the Old Spanish Trail. For information about the Trail from the BLM, visit the Old Spanish Trail's BLM website.
National Trails System
National historic trails (NHT) are part of the National Trails System, which was established by the National Trails System Act of 1968. NHTs commemorate historic routes and promote their preservation and development for public use. They recognize diverse facets of history such as prominent past routes of exploration, migration, trade, communication and military action. NHTs generally consist of remnant sites and trail segments, and thus are not necessarily contiguous. Although they are administered by federal agencies, NHTs reside on both publicly and privately owned lands.
Visit the National Trails System website to learn more about National Historic, Scenic, and Recreation Trails and to view a map of the National Trails System.