The Old Spanish Trail

In the early 1600's Spanish explorers utilized old Ute Indian hunting and trade trails to contribute to the forging of a 1,200 mile route connecting Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Los Angeles, California. A four mile section of the trail known as the Northern Branch of the Old Spanish Trail passes through the Gunnison River Bluffs Area. In 1776 it was traveled by Spanish priests Escalante and Dominguez in their famous expedition. It was most frequently utilized, however, between 1830 and 1850. Men leading heavily laden pack animals hauled supplies to the trading forts and fur rendezvous areas of north-eastern Utah and southern Wyoming.

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