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Trail Photos

Salt Springs near Old Spanish Trail
Salt Springs

OST Introduction

Between 1829 and 1848, commercial traders, explorers, horse thieves, and settlers traveled this difficult pack trail between the Spanish colonies in New Mexico and southern California. Each spring, trade caravans left Santa Fe with dozens of pack mules loaded with woolen blankets woven in New Mexico and made the lengthy trek to southern California’s coastal settlements. This long-distance pack trail network came to be known as the “Old Spanish Trail”.

~ Bureau of Land Management