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National Historic Trails

A section of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail passes through GSENM.

The Old Spanish National Historic Trail opened a land route across 19th century Mexico between the Tierra Adentro, the fabled,yet isolated place that would become New Mexico, and California’s missions and burgeoning settlements. When Antonio Armijo left Abiquiu, New Mexico for California in 1829 with 40 men and 200 pack mules, he blazed a trail between the two colonies that had frustrated explorers for over a century. The Abiquiu party’s woolen blankets and tanned hides were welcomed in textile-starved California. In return, the horses and mules Armijo and his followers brought east would become the working stock for miners, American and Mexican military, and farmers from northern Mexico to the east coast of the United States.

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Old Spanish National Historic Trail


Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument


Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners Logo Glen Canyon Natural History Association

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