We’re celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Trails Act in a big way! Join us in Vancouver, Washington Oct. 22 – 25, learning about other trails, preservation, engaging our members and much more. We’ll also have our annual meeting Friday, Oct. 26 at the Historic Fort Vancouver. Sign up here today.


Dennis Brown – Vice President Candidate

Dennis Brown, of Castle Valley, Utah, is a candidate for Vice President of the Old Spanish Trail Association. Reba Grandrud, our current VP through October of this year, has been appointed Interim Director for Arizona.

He is a retired architect with a master’s degree in historic preservation from George Washington University, and was founder and managing partner of Geier Brown Renfrow Architects in Washington D.C.

Brown served on the Grant Review Panel for the Institute of Museum Services, advising nonprofit house museums located in historic buildings on how to properly insulate and environmentally protect their historic collections and building. He and his wife lived in London for several years before moving to Castle Valley, UT

They retired to the eastern Utah area several years ago. “We love the desert and the outdoors. Moving here was a natural fit,” he said.

He quickly became immersed in the area’s history: In 2014 he joined the Museum of Moab’s Board of Trustees and was appointed Chair of the Facilities Committee and Chair of the Development Committee. He helped raised $1 million and is spearheading the campaign to transform the Museum into a 21st century institution. A $200,000 major renovation of the Exhibit Hall is under way. In 2018 he was elected President of the Board of Trustees and is also the Project Manager for creating a video about the Old Spanish Trail in southeastern Utah.

Election ballots will go out to all members of the organization in August.


Juan Matias Sanchez Adobe receives Site Certification

The Juan Matias Sanchez Adobe, the oldest structure in Montebello, dating back to 1845, has received Site Certification. The Adobe nestled in the hills of North Montebello, within a quiet residential neighborhood, remains a hidden jewel in Montebello history. Read more here.

OSTA Welcomes New Nevada Director

Glenn has lived in the Southern Nevada area for almost 60 years. He now resides in the house he built beside a spring in the village of Blue Diamond or better known to travelers on the Old Spanish Trail as Cottonwood Springs – one days travel from the springs at Las Vegas. His interest in the Old Spanish Trail began because of his friendship with Harry Godshall the owner of the historic Resting Springs Ranch a major stopover on the Spanish Trail.

Glenn is retired from a lifelong career in tourism sales and marketing.  He has worked for the Nevada State tourism office where he promoted tourism to rural Nevada and also for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority where he supervised the opening and operation of the Southern Nevada visitor information centers.

Glenn has had a lifelong interest in Nevada history and was active in several local organizations. He has served as treasurer for the Preservation Association of Southern Nevada, Vice President of the Southern Nevada Historical Society and served on the board of Museums and Attractions in Nevada. 

He has been active in the Nevada Archaeology Association as a site steward. He currently spends his time off-road exploring and leading tours to Nevada ghost towns, mining camps, the Old Spanish Trail and along old wagon trails throughout Nevada.

Glenn has been an active member of the Nevada Chapter of the Old Spanish Trail Association for many years and has led many of the Chapter’s activities in researching, traveling, marking the Trail and assisting in the planning and execution of the OSTA Annual Conferences hosted by the NV Chapter.

COMPREHENSIVE ADMINISTRATIVE STRATEGY FOR THE
OLD SPANISH NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL RELEASED

View the Comprehensive Administrative Strategy.

When many people in the West think about the Old Spanish Trail, they might think about history and culture. For the Old Spanish Trail Association (OSTA), the trail is also about tourism, exploration, adventure; and, challenges. Planning and installing identification signage and interpretive wayside exhibits, working to develop partnerships with museums and cultural centers, and protecting Trail resources, landscapes and values from the potentially detrimental effects of energy development, mining, commercial developments, and more are just a few of the issues confronting the trail in its six-state region.

An important part of OSTA’s efforts has been consulting with the federal administrators for the Trail – the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Park Service (NPS) – on a management plan, required by the National Trails System Act. That plan is intended to guide the administration and management of the Trail on federal public lands, and on state, tribal, and local government lands, and private lands through cooperative efforts with such entities and individual landowners. After fifteen years of prolonged planning and discussions the BLM and NPS have released a Comprehensive Administrative Strategy for the Trail. Read more…

View the Comprehensive Administrative Strategy.