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.

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument receives Site Certification

The City of Los Angeles has formally signed a Partnership Certification Agreement regarding El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument with the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service, co-administrators of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail. El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is the second OSNHT site certified. Read more here.


Descendants and Travelers of the Trail Chapter is initiating an ongoing project: building a data base containing summary information about each of our ancestors and other travelers of the Old Spanish Trail. It will eventually be made accessible to the public on the Old Spanish Trail Association website and become a reference for all OSTA members, historians, teachers, students and other interested parties. They already have a very good start with the people that we highlighted in our PowerPoint presentation at the Barstow Old Spanish Trail Association conference in 2017. 

The chapter is requesting that each Chapter member submit information about at least one ancestor or person who traveled the Trail to the Chapter’s email address by Friday, March 9, 2018. The Chapter’s NEW email address is: ancestortraveler@gmail.com

Please use the attached form along with any attached photos, maps, illustrations or additional information you can provide.  Handy instructions and tips to help you fill in the form are also provided.  One page of information for each ancestor or traveler will be compiled, so please submit a separate form per individual—don’t report on multiple people on the same form. Chapter officers (Conchita and Rich Marusich, Cecelia Peña, and Mary Anne Pentis) will edit them as a group.


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.

OSTA Welcomes New Board Member April Arnold

Meet our newest OSTA Board Member, April Arnold! Her official title is Director at Large, but she is going to be instrumental in helping plan our conferences and helping states and chapters plan and organize their events. 

She is a professional event planner located in Grand Junction. She graduated from Colorado Mesa University in 2010 with a degree in Technical Writing and a degree in Computer Science. While the pursuit of both degrees taught her countless skills that proved to be invaluable in a multitude of scenarios, her passion for organization and a fast-paced environment lead her to event planning and operational management at Mesa Lakes Lodge.

After handling almost all aspects of resort management, she moved to the Clarion Inn where she ran the event planning department, managing both events and employees. While at the Clarion, she also handled the 2016 OSTA Conference.

As her desire to work with a variety of venues and caterers grew, she started her own business, April Marie Events. She now works across Colorado and Eastern Utah helping individuals and organizations plan and execute both social and a variety of business events from small groups, training, and large conferences.