Old Spanish National Historic Trail

The history that stands behind the Old Spanish National Historic Trail all started back when there was money to be made transporting serapes and other woolen goods from New Mexico to California. With the trading industry in high demand, many ways to travel the path between these two incredibly wealthy states were explored. The trail was officially established in 1829 and spanned well over 2,700 miles, cutting through the southwestern corner of Colorado and then moving north and west through the state of Utah before finally turning south toward Arizona and lower Nevada, with the last stop in Los Angeles, California. The American Indians and Spanish explorers used this trail, which currently runs between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Los Angeles. Today, tourists can view the remaining traces of the trail to witness the route's important impact on the west. The weather and temperature fluctuate depending on which region of the trail you're hiking. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Old Spanish National Historic Trail

The Old Spanish National Historic Trail offers a wide range of places to stop along the trail or drivable route. Attractions, shops, and restaurants can be found not too far from the trail. You also will have the chance to explore across many state lines and see the different types of habitats along the way. Plus, you'll see a variety of wildlife. 

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How To Get To Old Spanish National Historic Trail

The best route to get you started in the right direction of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail trailhead from Santa Fe is to head west on East San Francisco Street toward the Old Santa Fe Trail. You'll want to make a left onto Camino del Camo and then a right onto West Alameda Street to begin your journey across this amazing trail.


1100 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Fee: Entry fee $0

The Old Spanish National Historic Trail provides you with the history of trade and why and how the route existed. If you choose the drivable route, take advantage of the modern RV lifestyle to get you through to the next stop.