National Scenic and Historic Trails

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Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (Photo by Mike Blakeman)              


Additional Information:

National Trails Act

National Scenic & Historic Trails Map

(Natl. BLM) Natl. Scenic & Historic Trails


What is a national scenic and historic trail?
National historic trails are extended trails that closely follow historic trails or routes of nationally significant travel. National scenic trails are extended trails that provide maximum outdoor recreation potential, and are located for the conservation and enjoyment of the various qualities - scenic, historical, natural, and cultural - of the areas they pass through.

Why do national scenic and historic trails exist?
Designation of a national scenic and historic trail identifies and protects historic routes, historic remnants, and artifacts for public use and enjoyment. Often times, trails come about through grassroot initiatives.

What national scenic and historic trails are in Colorado?
There are two national scenic and historic trails in Colorado that are managed by the Bureau of Land Management: the Old Spanish National Historic Trail and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. For more information, please click the links below. The Santa Fe National Historic Trail, administered by the National Park Service, runs through Colorado's southeast region.


Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

Old Spanish National Historic Trail
Old Spanish National Historic Trail


Old Spanish National Historic Trail Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Old Spanish National Historic Trail Colorado BLM National Scenic and Historic Trails Map

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