National Historic Trails
The Old Spanish Trail originally crossed the northeastern part of what is now the Monticello Field Office. While little if any traces of the trail remain within the boundaries of the Field Office, considerable historical information about the route is available. A good place to start is on the Old Spanish Trail web page maintained by the BLM’s Arizona State Office.
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.
To learn more about National Historic Trails in Utah please visit the state web page.