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Old Spanish National Historic Trail
 
Hiker on Old Spanish National Historic Trail

Extending from New Mexico to California, the Old Spanish National Historic Trail represents a 19th century Mexican trade route. It extends in various directions throughout southwestern Colorado, leading travelers to some of the state's most thrilling attractions. The Trail's northern portion passes by Penitente Canyon Recreation Area, where a Spanish religious group once found solace. It also runs through Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, which features spectacular historical sites, geology and wildlife. Near the Colorado-Utah border, the Trail cuts through McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, notably Rabbit Valley. Visitors can enjoy a wide array of activities here, especially fossil viewing. The southern portion of the Old Spanish Trail leads to the Anasazi Heritage Center, a museum dedicated to the Native American tribes that left traces behind at the nearby Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

Total Length in Colorado:  85 miles

Activities:
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Fossil viewing
  • Geological marvels
  • Heritage tourism
  • Hiking and backpacking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • National Trail
  • Off-highway vehicles
  • Rock climbing
  • Water recreation
  • Wildlife viewing
  • 4x4 and
    jeep touring
Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • Archaeological sites
  • At Anasazi Heritage Center: museum shop, theater for films, educational resources, and research library
  • Fossil tours at McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area: Rabbit Valley
  • Interpretive exhibits
  • Developed campgrounds
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic areas
  • Parking





     

Directions:  The Old Spanish National Historic Trail extends in various directions throughout southwestern Colorado. For more information about access points, contact one of the BLM Field Offices, preferably the local office for the area you wish to visit.


OLD SPANISH TRAIL ASSOCIATION

 
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About the Old Spanish National Historic Trail