2019 Old Spanish National Historic Trail Highlights

Old Spanish Trail Association (OSTA)


Programs — OSTA chapters held Old Spanish Trails Days programs, including a new K-12 Charter School Art Contest. NPS created the first Old Spanish Trail Junior Ranger worksheet and converted an OSTA tabletop game to a digital file printed on fabric, which makes it easier to transport and use at events. OSTA’s traveling trunk exhibit from New Mexico to Utah featuring the redesigned game fostered a connection with over 750 fourth and fifth graders at Aztec Ruins National Monument. 

Partnerships — NPS completed partnership certifications for three Old Spanish NHT properties: the Kit Carson Home in Taos, NM; the Museum of the West in Grand Junction, CO; and Mission San Gabriel Archangel, CA.


Signage — NPS worked with BLM staff to create interpretive wayside and orientation panel templates that meet standards for use along the trail. OSTA replaced a deteriorated interpretive wayside panel at Mission San Gabriel Arcángel with a trilingual sign (English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese) to be inclusive of the local community. OSTA is planning new signs for Grand County, UT, Las Vegas, NV, Los Angeles County, CA, and San Gabriel, CA. National Park Foundation agreed to fund over 100 OSNHT road signs to the trail in Taos County, NM. 

Planning — OSTA and NPS hosted a community workshop in San Luis Valley, CO to record community input to develop a comprehensive strategy to promote trail in that area. OSTA and Trujillo Adobe partnered with California Polytechnic State University graduate students for an archaeological survey, including a ground-penetrating radar report, of the 19th century site with plans to create a living history cultural center.