The Old Spanish Trail passes through the San Luis Valley
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Old Spanish Trail
The Old Spanish Trail consisted of a network of trails that passed through six western states. These trails probably originated with seasonal migrations of large game animals but later served as paths followed by nomadic hunters. Through time the trail segments evolved into a trade route that linked the villages of northern New Mexico to Los Angeles. Blankets, furs, and sheep traveled westward while much valued horses and mules made the trip eastward. The North Branch of the Old Spanish Trail carried traffic through the San Luis Valley from the 1820s until Colorado territory became part of the United States.
Interpretive marker and monument on US Hwy 160 6.5 mi. west of Monte Vista. Trail markers and remnants scattered at east and west Valley edges.
Del Norte , CO 81132
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West Fork Trail lies along the base of the San Juan Mountains between the Conejos River and Saguache. The East Fork Trail crosses Lane 6 between the Zapata Ranch and the Great Sand Dunes National Park. See "The Old Spanish Trail: San Luis Valley, Colorado" map brochure for points of access via public roads, or visit the Old Spanish Trail interpretive site on US Hwy 160 halfway (6.5 miles) between Del Norte and Monte Vista.
Contact with trail segments within the San Luis Valley is possible by regular vehicles on public roads. Ruts at the interpretive site on US Hwy 160 between Del Norte and Monte Vista can be viewed within a short walk.