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BLM Nevada News
Southern Nevada District Office
FOR RELEASE: October 21, 2008
CONTACT: Kirsten Cannon (702) 515-5057; kirsten_cannon@blm.gov

Old Spanish Trail Kiosks to be Installed in Southern Nevada

Las Vegas – Seven interpretive kiosks will be installed in Southern Nevada celebrating the more than 150 miles of the Old Spanish Trail in Nevada.

The 9-foot by 12 foot signs decorated with adobe bricks will feature information about nearby segments of the Old Spanish Trail. The kiosks will be placed in the following locations:

· Mesquite Visitor Center
· BLM Logandale Fire Station (intersection of State Route 169 and Interstate 15)
· North of the intersection of U.S. Highway 93 and Interstate 15
· Red Rock Overlook (one and a half miles past entrance to 13-Mile Scenic Drive)
· Late Night Parking Lot (four and a half miles west of intersection of State Route 159 and 160)
· Just south of State Route 160 on the Tecopa Road
· Three miles north of the Nevada/California border on the Tecopa Road

Sample text from one sign will read “At this location on the Old Spanish Trail you are standing at the midpoint of the infamous jornada del muerte or journey of death. Many travelers regarded the parched landscape as the most difficult section of the entire journey. This 55 mile stretch began at the Muddy River near Glendale and ended at the Las Vegas Springs. It was the longest, driest stretch of the entire trail.”

The kiosks are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year and are funded through the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA). Partners in the project include the Bureau of Land Management, Old Spanish Trail Association, Nevada State Historic Preservation Organization and Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association.


The Old Spanish Trail was a trade route linking Santa Fe, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California in use between 1829 and 1848. The trail combined Spain’s early routes with ancient Native American foot paths and hundreds of traders, soldiers, merchants and horse thieves traveled the “longest, crookedest, most arduous pack mule trail in the history of America.” In Nevada, the Old Spanish Trail stretched for more than 150 miles as it ran from one water source to the next. Seven interpretive kiosks are located near the trail from Mesquite to Pahrump, Nevada.

Last updated: 11-07-2008