The Old Spanish Trail Association, its members, friends, and partners are dedicated to protecting, interpreting and promoting the Old Spanish National Historic Trail.

The Old Spanish National Historic Trail was established by Congress in 2002. It has often been referred to as the most arduous, difficult trail in the United States. Its designated routes cover six states and some 2,700 miles, traversing mountains, deserts, rivers and coastal valleys. It was historically used by curious and brave, enterprising, and sometimes nefarious men, forging trade routes between the Mexican cities of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California.  New Mexican woolen goods were traded for California mules and horses, but the trade also included furs, hides, and even Indian slaves.

Read more about the trail’s history

Leaders from all six states and our 14 chapters help our members and their communities understand the importance of the trail in their geographic and topical areas. The trail is not only geographic – it is a component of cultural and social heritage for Native Americans, Hispanics, and residents throughout the American Southwest, and beyond.

Read more about our chapters

The Old Spanish Trail Association recently approved the creation of the Pat Kuhlhoff Education Fund to honor one of our long-time members for her commitment and dedication to the trail in New Mexico. The committee overseeing this fund will review scholarship and project applications beginning early 2018.

Read more about the Pat Kuhlhoff Education Fund

 Old Spanish Trail Association
P.O. Box 324
Kanab, Utah 84741


Information on our banner photos, from left:
The Crossing of the Grande, now called the Colorado River, a modern day look.
Archaeology on the trail.Photo courtesy Jack Prichett. Visit his website here.
San Gabriel Mission 1832 Painting by Ferdinand Deppe.