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AZ-UT Auto Tour Guide


Driving the Old Spanish Trail Through Utah and Arizona

The Old Spanish Trail traverses some of the most beautiful and most challenging terrain in the West. You will develop a new appreciation of the difficulties facing the historic travelers as you drive the route they trod with mules through southern Utah and northern Arizona. Our modern roads and highways follow the historic route closely, since passage through the canyons and across the rivers of Utah and Arizona left, then as now, few options.

This guidebook gives you explicit directions, including some GPS points, to view terrain similar to what the Old Spanish Trail travelers saw, and points out historic landmarks and signage. 52 photos, 8 maps, 64 pages.  

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Juan Rivera's Colorado, 1765
Hard Copy


Juan Rivera's Colorado, 1765: The First Spaniards Among the Ute and Paiute Indians on the Trails to Teguayo

Baker, Steven

Through meticulous scholarship and the help of copious original color illustrations by Gail Carroll Sargent, Steven Baker becomes the first scholar to successfully trace the routes and explicate the context of Rivera’s travels and day-to-day  narratives.

This ground-breaking volume includes Rick Hendricks’s thoughtful English translations of Rivera’s Spanish narratives of his two trips into western Colorado. Rivera provides the first meaningful descriptions of the Centennial State and its Ute and Paiute Natives.

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Old Spanish Trail
Map Poster

Old Spanish Trail Map Poster

This full-color, 27X19 poster depicts the routes used by Spanish Traders on the Old Spanish Trail in the years 1829 to 1948. It is a welcome addition for historians and trail buffs who want to display the routes of the Old Spanish Trail in a concise, easy-to-read exhibit.

This poster can be used by classroom teachers and educators as a handy reference map of the Old Spanish Trail. The map was created by Tom Jonas for the Old Spanish Trail Association.  

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traces CD

Spanish Traces on CD


Now Available! - Back Issues CD of
Spanish Traces Journal

By popular request!

This is the complete collection of the Spanish Traces journal for the years 1995 and updated through 2015.

A must for your Spanish Trail library.

Join OSTA and receive access to the Spanish Traces digital library for free!

Click here for free sample copy of Spanish Traces - 3 MB.

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American Journey CD

American Journey
Music CD

American Journey - Music CD

Featuring the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Xun Sun, conductor.

Original music and arrangements by American composers Steven Sharp Nelson & Marshall McDonald.

Includes the Old Spanish Suite: Sunrise, Rainstorm, March, and Celebration and four other musical selections.

In Search of Dominguez $ Escalante

In Search of Dominguez & Escalante Photographing the 1776 Spanish Expedition through the Southwest


In Search of Dominguez & Escalante Photographing the 1776 Spanish Expedition through the Southwest

Greg Mac Gregor and Siegfried Halus

Foreword by Frances Levine
Essay by Joseph P. Sánchez

More than two hundred years after the fabled Dominguez and Escalante expedition, Greg Mac Gregor and Siegfried Halus have created a remarkable visual record of the expedition. Using Escalante’s journal as their guide, the photographers followed the expeditionary route, circling through New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona, and documenting the frontier as first witnessed by the Spanish explorers on horseback.

Quoting widely from Escalante’s journal, the authors present first hand accounts of the expedition alongside their photographic narrative. Essays by the photographers discuss their methodology and experiences as modern day explorers retracing the steps of the friars. In his historical essay, Joseph P. Sánchez writes about the lasting legacy of the Spanish expedition.

Crampton Book

In Search of the
Old Spanish Trail

Special Reprint Book Offer! In Search of the Old Spanish Trail

Gregory Crampton and Steve Madsen

Order your copy of a special reprint of this Gregory Crampton and Steve Madsen classic In Search of the Old Spanish Trail. Proceeds benefit the Old Spanish Trail Association.

This book is a distillation of about 50 years of research on the Old Spanish Trail by the late Dr. Crampton and about 20 years by Mr. Madsen.

The book is an indispensable companion for travel over the trail. It has trail maps, short sections on trail history and a large number of photographs. It covers what the authors have identified as the main thread of the OST South Branch.

Old Spanish Trail Book

Old Spanish Trail:
Santa Fe to Los Angeles

Old Spanish Trail: Santa Fe to Los Angeles

LeRoy R. and Ann W. Hafen

The Hafen's book is the most fundamental reference on the Old Spanish Trail. Although somewhat dated, it remains the one book that any serious student of the trail must have. Unfortunately, it is out of print, although it can be obtained from antiquarian dealers from time to time.

The book reviews the history of the trail, sets its historical context, includes much of the material found in the few specific contemporary references on the trail and its travelers, and provides chapters that confer substantial insight into the mechanics of moving goods on the backs of mules about 1200 miles through very forbidding terrain

Characters of the Old Spanish Trail

Characters of the
Old Spanish Trail

Characters of the Old Spanish Trail

Doug Knudson

Meet some of the children, women, and men who traveled the Old Spanish Trail in 1829-1848. They will enrich your enjoyment of our 15th National Historic Trail.

Former OSTA President, Dr. Douglas Knudson, has written compact stories of 24 travelers of the Old Spanish Trail. He added profiles of two colorful Governors who influenced many of these people. Their names include: Armijo, Wilson, Moya-Young, Trujillo, Robidoux, Slover, Chacón, Gambel, etc. These people made a big impact on California, New Mexico, and places in between. Their names are part of today’s communities--on street signs, mountains, museums, parks, and schools. Some were astute businessmen and women. Some were rascals with little respect for the law. Most were upstanding citizens who built their communities in changing times. All were tough, resourceful, determined, fascinating people.162 pp.

Soft cover: $16.95

Gone by the Way

Gone By the Way of the Earth

Gone the Way of the Earth: Indian Slave Trade in the Old Southwest

Clifford J. Walker

This book is dedicated to "All those victims of Indian slavery in the Southwest whose thousands of stories will never be told - they lost their lands, their songs, their lives and their freedom - all gone the way of the earth."

Soft Cover: $15.00

Exploring Desert Stone

Exploring Desert Stone

Exploring Desert Stone: John N. Macomb's 1859 Expedition to the Canyonlands of the Colorado

Steven K. Madsen

Madsen’s work provides the first detailed investigation of the 1859 Macomb Expedition into western Colorado and the canyon country of Utah. Beyond his first-rate analysis, Madsen presents the most important elements of the venture’s documentary record, making this fascinating study and significant contribution to our understanding of the Southwest also a valuable resource for anyone who loves the American West.

The book contains many references to the Old Spanish Trail (eastern portion--NM, CO, UT). The mapping and scientific group followed the Main Branch of the Old Spanish Trail going out and part of the Armijo Route coming back to Santa Fe.

Macomb's beautiful map in the back pocket shows several post-1848 expedition routes, in addition to Macomb's. Mr. Madsen's text is masterfully written. His inclusion of diaries of two Macomb scientists provides reinforcement of Madsen's summary. Some superb drawings of trail features are matched to recent photos.

288 pages

Soft Cover: $29.00

Overland with Kit Carson book

Overland with Kit Carson

Overland with Kit Carson: A Narrative of the Old Spanish Trail in '48

George Douglas Brewerton

Lt. Brewerton provides a lively account of travel over the Spanish Trail at a time when trail commerce was near a close. The account illustrates the many perils that beset travelers over this route from Santa Fe to California.

Marc Simmons has written a fine introduction for the Bison Books edition that sets the context for the journey and gives some of its publishing history.

Incidents of Travel book

Incidents of Travel and
Adventure in the Far West

Incidents of Travel and Adventure in the Far West with Colonel Fremont's Last Expedition

Solomon Carvalho

In 1852, Carvalho accompanied John C. Fremont on his fifth expedition from Missouri to Utah, a journey that required travel over several ranges in the Rocky Mountains.  Stranded by heavy snowstorms in 1853–54, many people died along the way to Utah.   Carvalho became seriously ill and left the Fremont party in Parowan, Utah and then traveled to Salt Lake City.  While in Salt Lake, he became a popular portrait artist with subjects including Brigham Young, authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and other Utah notables.

In 1857, Carvalho went on a peace mission with Brigham Young in central Utah where he painted portraits of Native American leaders such as Wakra, Indian Chief

Mula DVD

Mula: The Long-Eared Hero
of the Old Spanish Trail

(98 Minutes)

Everyone wanted mules.  Americans were on the move…headed west and there was no sturdier, more powerful and reliable means of travel than a mule. These California mules, along with finely trained Vaquero horses were driven twelve hundred miles up the Old Spanish Trail from Los Angeles to Santa Fe and then seven hundred more miles up the Santa Fe Trail to Independence Missouri.

Today, mule people are just as enthusiastic about their mules as they were in the 1800s. Mules are tough, intelligent, easy keepers, always ready to do the job.

Meet the men who know the mule’s secrets and sing his praises — packers Ross Knox and Graham Goodfield, mule traders Rufus and Dickie Reese, log-skidder Thomas Summers, draft mule man Charile Reed.

Stories featured on the DVD include the history of Old Spanish Trail, the importance of mules, the packing tradition, the genetics of mules and mule breeding, the passion of modern day packers and the award-winning music of Dave Stamey and Juni Fisher.

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The Spanish Trail Suite DVD

Spanish Trail Suite - Video and Music DVD

The Spanish Trail Suite composed by Marshall McDonald and Steven Sharp Nelson and performed by the Orchestra of Southern Utah has teamed with Video Ideas Production of Chattanooga, Tennessee to create a new orchestra experience combining stunning time-lapse video of storms unfolding, moon rises, sunsets and re-creations of trail scenes.

The Spanish Trail Suite was commissioned by the Orchestra of Southern Utah with help from the National Endowment of the Arts and local foundations. The composers created a piece celebrating the three cultures which settled the West along the route of trails stretching from Santa Fe to Los Angeles. The interactive project produced by Video Ideas focuses on more than 100 miles of the Trail in Iron and Washington Counties.

Brent Tom, local Paiute caller, serves as the guest soloist for the Sunrise movement. His inspired performance adds depth to the first movement which honors the local Paiute Tribe.

Telly Award Winner of a 2008 Telly Award.

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Your purchase provides the association with an important source of funding for trail projects and interpretative materials.


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