Basic Information

GIS Data and Information
For Geographic Information System data regarding the Old Spanish National Historic Trail (Feasibility Study), please visit the Resource Information Management page of the National Trails Intermountain Region website.

Due to the length of Old Spanish National Historic Trail, be sure to consult local weather sources for the region you'll be visiting. Here's a link to the South Central US:

Entrance Fees:

General Entrance Fee Information - $0.00

There are NO USER OR ENTRY FEES fees for the Old Spanish National Historic Trail. NOMINAL FEES may be charged at some trail-related federal, state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities. Please visit Plan Your Visit / Passport Program for an interactive map and a list of places to visit by state. Contact information is available for each site to call and find out about fees.

people on trail beside river with cottonwood in the foreground and crumbly cliffs in the background
Discover Old Spanish Trail corridors: This section of the Rio Chama River, tributary of the Rio Grande, is located about six miles north of Abiquiú, New Mexico and flows through the Carson National Forest.


Enjoy Old Spanish National Historic Trail!
Essential Information for Your Trip on the Trail
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 Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service administer the trail together to foster trail preservation and public use. These agencies work in close partnership with the Old Spanish Trail Association, Indian tribes, state, county, and municipal governmental agencies, private landowners, nonprofit heritage conservation groups, and many others. Trail sites are in private, municipal, tribal, federal, or state ownership. Please ask for permission before visiting any trail sites on private lands and check with public sites for visiting hours and regulations.
Passport to Your National Parks offers an interactive map with trail sites and a list of sites by state. The trail brochure can be found on the Publications web page.
Know Before You Go!
Protect the Trail
To foster trail preservation, do not use metal detectors, dig at sites, collect artifacts, or remove anything. Please respect these historic places.

Last updated: July 24, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

National Trails Intermountain Region
Old Spanish National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504


(505) 988-6098

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