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Program Overview

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Complimentary breakfast for hotel guests at the Embassy Suites

Early Bird Tours:

  • The original Armijo Route: 1829 – by boat – Ashley Hall and Liz Warren (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
  • Early OST Sites Tour: Glen Shaw & Jon Wall, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Wetlands Park Visitor Center, Las Vegas Wash, Duck Creek Trailhead & Armijo Campsite at Whitney Mesa Park
    **snack sack from hotel (granola bar, banana, apple)
  • Welcoming Reception, Refreshments at Embassy Suites Hotel - Free to conference registrants.

Thursday, October 16, 2014




9:00 am

OSTA National Board Meeting


12:00 pm

Buffet Lunch (Registration Required)


12:30 pm

Welcome – Governor Brian Sandoval

1:00 pm

Room 1

Room 2

NPS National Trails Intermountain Region, Progress & Activities

Steve Burns, Dr. Frank Norris & Gretchen Ward


2:00 pm

Partnership for the National Trail System: Reba Wells Grandrud

3:00 pm

Old Spanish Trailheads Adjacent to Highways: Doug Knudson

National Environmental Protection Act, Section 106 (NEPA): Stan Plum

4:00 pm

Finding the Trail through Modern Technology:
Jack Prichett


6:00 pm

Reception at the Old Spanish Trail Park
(Blue Diamond Blue Grass Band)

Friday, October 17, 2014




Room 1

Room 2

9:00 am

Native American Influence Along the Old Spanish Trail: Dr. Jefferson, Ashley Hall

Santa Fe immigrants influence on California:
Paul McClure

10:00 am

Slave Trade along OST: Cliff Walker

Genealogy of Families of the Old Spanish Trail: Conchita Marusich

11:00 am

The Fremont Route 1844 - Liz Warren

The History of OST Immigrants into California: Alex King


12:00 pm

Buffet Lunch (Registration Required)


12:30 pm

Room 1

Room 2

The Sundance Kid and the Old Spanish Trail:
Jerry Nickle

1:00 pm

Carleton's Paiute Campaign of 1860:
Jim Hinds


2:00 pm

The Spanish Trail in Rock Art
Harold Larson

3:00 pm

Remarking the Old Spanish Trail Through the Mojave Desert: Nicole Dominguez, Ashley Hall

4:00 pm

The History of OST Immigrants into California:
Alex King

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Dutch Oven Dinner at Mormon Fort
(Registration Required)

Mule Packing Presentation: Nevada Trail Riders, Monaco Middle School Mariachi Band

Saturday, October 18, 2014

9:00 a.m.- 11:00

Annual Membership Meeting

11:00 a.m.

OSTA Archives: Terresa Wellborn

12:00 noon


1:00 p.m.

Managing the OST & Brain Storming Session – Improving OSTA - Dennis Ditmanson

2:00 p.m.

Discussion on Old Spanish Trail Traces Contributions: Dennis Ditmanson/Ruth Friesen /Ashley Hall

3:00 p.m.

Education Kits, Public Relations:
Ashley Hall, Nicole Dominguez

6:00 p.m

Banquet Recognition Dinner: Embassy Suites Hotel

Sunday, October 19, 2014

All tours require conference registration and tour payment of $25.

Tour 1: North - (Begins at 9:00 a.m.)

  • Las Vegas North to Mormon Mesa: Fremont Camp at the
    Muddy (Hidden Valley Ranch)
  • Mormon Mesa
  • Tour Guide: Ashley Hall
  • Sack lunch provided

Tour 2: South (Begins at 9:00 a.m.)

  • Las Vegas South to China Ranch via: Mt. Springs Pass
  • Emigrant Pass
  • Resting Springs
  • Tour Guide - Robert Spurlock
  • Lunch provided at China Ranch

Tour 3: East (Begins at 9:00 a.m.)

  • Las Vegas Valley, including Las Vegas Wash, Duck Creek and sand dunes.
  • Las Vegas Creek to its source at Las Vegas Springs
  • Tour Guide: Liz Warren
  • Lunch on own at the Springs Preserve

Tour 4: West (Begins at 9:00 a.m.)

  • West – Nick Saines
    Red Rock Recreation Area & Visitors Center (BLM), Spring
    Mt Ranch State Park, OST hike at Blue Diamond
  • Tour Guide - Nick Saines
  • Sack lunch provided








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