U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Old Spanish National Historic Trail|
The Old Spanish National Historic Trail is composed of three main routes: the Main Route, the Armijo Route, and the North Branch. Use would depend on peril, weather, or simple opportunistic stops.
Mules were the highest-valued pack animals, as they had incredible strength and endurance, fared better than horses where water was scarce and forage poor, and recovered more rapidly after periods of hardship.
Recreation: As the Old Spanish Trail was a route of commerce suited for moving livestock, it's not surprising that there are a number of cultural and scenic sites located in close proximity to the Trail, including the Anasazi Heritage Center/Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, and more. For more information, visit the Recreation page. Please note that though recreation is encouraged on National Scenic and Historic Trails, specific types of recreation may be barred from a specific area or trail to prevent degradation of resource conditions.
National Historic Trails commemorate historic and prehistoric routes of travel that are of significance to the entire Nation, and have as their purpose the identification and protection of the historic route and its historic remnants and artifacts for public use and enjoyment. Such trails are established by an Act of Congress.
The two federal agencies that administer this trail - the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service - manage the resources in cooperation with the Old Spanish Trail Association, American Indian tribes, state, county, and municipal governmental agencies, private landowners, nonprofit groups, and many others.
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BLM Colorado State Office | (303) 239-3600 | 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO 80215
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