Old Spanish National Historic Trail


Come experience for yourself the trail that was used to transport New Mexico woolen goods all the way to Los Angeles, and California-bred horses and mules back to Santa Fe. This trail was a viable route across the remote deserts and mountains of Mexico's far northern frontier. Because of its rich history and national significance, the Old Spanish Trail has been designated as a National Historic Trail. The trail is over 2,700-miles in length and crosses six states: New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and California.

Portions of both the Northern Route and the Armijo Route pass through the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Arizona Strip District.


Seasonality / Weather

Due to the length of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail, be sure to consult local weather sources for the region you'll be visiting.



You can reach some trail sites by car on all-weather roads. Other sites are along unpaved roads or along river corridors.


You can reach the national historic trail by flying into a number of airports, including Santa Fe, New Mexico; Alamosa and Durango, Colorado; Las Vegas, Nevada; St. George, Utah; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Los Angeles, California.