Old Spanish Trail - La Vereda del Norte Chapter

Old Spanish Trail - La Vereda del Norte Chapter The Old Spanish Trail Association originated in the San Luis Valley as a result of a meeting at the Rio Grande County Museum in Del in Feb 1994.

The Old Spanish Trails that cut through the San Luis Valley are open for exploration any time and day of the year when you are interested in hiking.

04/02/2019

Our local chapter of the Old Spanish Trail Association, La Vereda del Norte, is working with the National Park Service to place interpretive signs and road markers along the Trail in Costilla and Saguache counties. We are in the planning stage and hope to have the signs on the ground by 2020. We are also putting together a site stewardship program where we will monitor the Old Spanish Trail in the San Luis Valley for damage from development and vandalism. We want to monitor rock art and stone cairns that are near the OST and may be associated with the Trail, either prehistorically or historically. In the future, we want people who get out sight seeing and hiking near the trail location to contact us about possible damage to the Trail.

"In October 2014, three experienced horseback riders began the first leg of a journey across the Old Spanish Trail, a 1,...
02/27/2019
On the 'Old Spanish Trail'

"In October 2014, three experienced horseback riders began the first leg of a journey across the Old Spanish Trail, a 1,200-mile route that served as the main trade artery between Los Angeles and Santa Fe, New Mexico in the 1800s."

"Richard Waller, Otis Calef and Jim Clark finished that journey in 2015. No one had attempted to ride the trail’s full length since 1849, according to “The Old Spanish Trail,” a documentary directed by Benedicte Schoyen that chronicles their ride."

https://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20190226/on-old-spanish-trail

Wednesday event at Mojave River Valley Museum will feature a movie screening, discussions and a meet-and-greet with Pretty Boy Floyd, a mule.

"Yesterday the U.S. Senate approved a major lands bill..More than 100 separate pieces of legislation were folded into th...
02/14/2019
San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org

"Yesterday the U.S. Senate approved a major lands bill..More than 100 separate pieces of legislation were folded into the Natural Resource Management Act that passed the Senate on Tuesday (02/12), including 10 affecting Colorado....The program has a direct impact on public lands in Colorado and will be used to protect our state’s natural beauty for generations,”

The bill may also include designation of another National Trail in the San Luis Valley. --- "Among the Colorado measures in the bill are authorizations to have explorer Zebulon Pike’s route across the Southwest be considered for the National Trails System;.." The Valley is currently home to the Old Spanish Trail National Historic Trail.

"Yesterday the U.S. Senate approved a major lands bill..More than 100 separate pieces of legislation were folded into the Natural Resource Management Act that passed the Senate on Tuesday (02/12), including 10 affecting Colorado....The program has a direct impact on public lands in Colorado and will be used to protect our state’s natural beauty for generations,”

The bill may also include designation of another National Trail in the San Luis Valley. --- "Among the Colorado measures in the bill are authorizations to have explorer Zebulon Pike’s route across the Southwest be considered for the National Trails System;.." The Valley is currently home to the Old Spanish Trail National Historic Trail.

#ZebulonPike #slv #pikesstockade #sanluisvalley #nationaltrails #naturalresources #colorado Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Old Spanish Trail - La Vereda del Norte Chapter Old Spanish National Historic Trail Sanford Museum
https://www.chieftain.com/news/20190212/us-senate-approves-major-lands-bill

Backcountry Horsemen + The Old Spanish Trail + Great Pictures + Great Video = the DVD that JUST came out with standing-r...
11/18/2018

Backcountry Horsemen + The Old Spanish Trail + Great Pictures + Great Video = the DVD that JUST came out with standing-room only premieres in Santa Fe and Los Angeles! Get it now from the OSTA Store (and what could be the most perfect gift idea for Santa's wish list). http://ostastore.com/shop/…/music/the-old-spanish-trail.html

Backcountry Horsemen+The Old Spanish Trail+Great Pictures+Great Video = the DVD that JUST came out with standing-room only premieres in Santa Fe and Los Angeles! Get it now from the OSTA Store (and what could be the most perfect gift idea for Santa's wish list). http://ostastore.com/shop/cds/music/the-old-spanish-trail.html

"Valley traffic jam out at Old Spanish Trail" in the #SanLuisValley.Photo by: TJ Mendez
11/14/2018

"Valley traffic jam out at Old Spanish Trail" in the #SanLuisValley.

Photo by: TJ Mendez

11/01/2018

The members of La Vereda del Norte Chapter of the Old Spanish Trail and the communities of the San Luis Valley need to take action on the East Fork Trail signage and development of that portion of the route. We attended meetings regarding this in December and January in Alamosa and Ft. Garland.

Note the support from the Colorado General Assembly with the passage of HB 18-1351 in 2018: "the bill recognizes the significance of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail as a historic resource in Colorado." And with the support of Carol Clark, Park Ranger - Interpretive Specialist and Cory Donnelly of the National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior, this project has been approved.

LVdN Chapter will meet to get this process started Friday November 2 at the Windsor Hotel at 11:30, downtown Del Norte. Lunch is available. I will send a separate email from Vicki Felmlee, who is the Old Spanish Trail Association president, with attachments noting requirements for approval for Costilla, Alamosa, Saguache and Colorado officials.

However,we need your help, the officers of La Vereda del Norte Chapter feel we must get assistance from other organizations and the San Luis Valley Museum Association for this to happen. It greatly benefits the folks in Alamosa, Conejos and Saguache Counties to bring in tourists and heritage tourism to the San Luis Valley.

Grand Junction celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with the story of the Old Spanish Trail, "As part of Hispanic Heritage...
09/24/2018
The History of the Old Spanish Trail

Grand Junction celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with the story of the Old Spanish Trail, "As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Westernslopenow.com is presenting stories of that heritage in Western Colorado.)"

Museums of Western Colorado Old Spanish Trail Association Old Spanish National Historic Trail #SLV #SanLuisValley Grand Junction, Colorado

KREX5 FOX4 Westernslopenow
https://www.westernslopenow.com/news/local-news/the-history-of-the-old-spanish-trail/1465815744

(As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Westernslopenow.com is presenting stories of that heritage in Western Colorado. This is the first in a series of stories we will be doing over the next month.)

09/14/2018
Old Spanish Trail Association

Backcountry Horsemen along the Old Spanish Trail

News from Backcountry Horsemen! The first showing of their documentary on riding the Old Spanish Trail, will be at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, Nov. 2 from 1-3 pm. The second showing will be at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, date and time to be announced. See the trailer here! https://vimeo.com/113223463

"These collaborations with regional experts are a complement to the maps’ condensed informational quality...the Santa ...
09/04/2018
The insider's map of choice: High Desert Field Guides

"These collaborations with regional experts are a complement to the maps’ condensed informational quality...the Santa Fe Trail Association, the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Association (CARTA), and the Old Spanish Trail Association."

The Santa Fe New Mexican
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/books/the-insider-s-map-of-choice-high-desert-field-guides/article_b9664a46-ae80-5d7f-8af4-a44ec498ba48.html

Fifteen years ago, Kathryn and Dick Huestler came to Santa Fe after decades of visiting the state as tourists. In 2017, they left Northern New Mexico, having literally rewritten the

State of Colorado Proclamation - September 2018Historic Roads Monthincludes Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway and Silver...
08/31/2018

State of Colorado Proclamation - September 2018
Historic Roads Month

includes Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway and Silver Thread Scenic Byway and the Old Spanish National Historic Trail -- located here in the San Luis Valley.

South Fork Visitor Center Old Spanish Trail Association San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org

State of Colorado Proclamation
September 2018
Historic Roads Month

You have 7 more days to be 1 of 3 winners of two - $50 gift certificates. Get your punchcard at one of the 16 participat...
08/28/2018
www.museumgiveaway.org

You have 7 more days to be 1 of 3 winners of two - $50 gift certificates. Get your punchcard at one of the 16 participating museums. Visit the museums between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends in southern Colorado and the San Luis Valley to get your card stamped. www.museumgiveaway.org

“The Autumn 2018 edition of Spanish Traces is in the mail. Read about using remote sensing in the search for artifacts...
08/24/2018

“The Autumn 2018 edition of Spanish Traces is in the mail. Read about using remote sensing in the search for artifacts, tracing the Old Spanish Trail in Colorado's San Luis Valley, and an annotation of Armijo's diary by Dr. Joseph P. Sanchez. The cover features the Pando clone in the OSNHT Fish Lake Study Route.”. Get your print copy by joining the Old Spanish Trail Association at www.oldspanishtrail.org.

The Autumn 2018 edition of Spanish Traces is in the mail. Read about using remote sensing in the search for artifacts, tracing the Old Spanish Trail in Colorado's San Luis Valley, and an annotation of Armijo's diary by Dr. Joseph P. Sanchez. The cover features the Pando clone in the OSNHT Fish Lake Study Route. Get your print copy by joining the Old Spanish Trail Association at www.oldspanishtrail.org.

La Vereda del Norte OST Field Trips including trip on Aug 25th to Cerro de San Antonio (San Antonio Mountain) just outsi...
08/17/2018
Old Spanish Trail - La Vereda del Norte Chapter

La Vereda del Norte OST Field Trips including trip on Aug 25th to Cerro de San Antonio (San Antonio Mountain) just outside the town of Antonito, Colorado

La Vereda del Norte OST Field Trips:

August 18 - field trip to locate the area of explorer Zebulon Pike’s winter exploration in the SLV.

August 25 - field trip to Cerro de San Antonio (San Antonio Mountain

September 3-5 a tour will lead folks through southwestern Colorado complex and will follow the main branches of the Old Spanish Trail. A major feature will be Churro Sheep

Read more at:
https://www.museumtrail.org/news/la-vereda-del-norte-chapter-shares-upcoming-events

Old Spanish Trail Association Old Spanish National Historic Trail #OST #SLV #SanLuisValley #historictrails

La Vereda del Norte OST Field Trips:  August 18 - field trip to locate the area of explorer Zebulon Pike’s winter expl...
08/17/2018
La Vereda del Norte Chapter shares upcoming events

La Vereda del Norte OST Field Trips:

August 18 - field trip to locate the area of explorer Zebulon Pike’s winter exploration in the SLV.

August 25 - field trip to Cerro de San Antonio (San Antonio Mountain

September 3-5 a tour will lead folks through southwestern Colorado complex and will follow the main branches of the Old Spanish Trail. A major feature will be Churro Sheep

Read more at:
https://www.museumtrail.org/news/la-vereda-del-norte-chapter-shares-upcoming-events

Old Spanish Trail Association Old Spanish National Historic Trail #OST #SLV #SanLuisValley #historictrails

The La Vereda del Norte Chapter of the Old Spanish National Trail Association had a successful and exciting year. From Saguache to San Luis, along the East Fork of the Old Spanish Trail, folks have...

Check out this interactive webmap, developed by the National Park Service, that allows users to explore the 11 National ...
08/08/2018

Check out this interactive webmap, developed by the National Park Service, that allows users to explore the 11 National Scenic Trails and 19 National Historic Trails [including the Old Spanish National Historic Trail] that make up the National Trails System: https://bit.ly/2AT4DaW

Check out this interactive webmap, developed by the National Park Service, that allows users to explore the 11 National Scenic Trails and 19 National Historic Trails that make up the National Trails System: https://bit.ly/2AT4DaW

08/04/2018

We have a booth at the Rio Grande County Museum in Del norte for Covered Wagon Days. Come by and visit!!

07/27/2018
Old Spanish Trail Association

"It is with deep sadness today that we learn of the passing of Bill Chenoweth of Grand Junction. Many of you knew him - or knew of him - as a geologist and historian, and he was one of the five who worked successfully to get the Old Spanish Trail listed as one of our nation's historic trails in 2002. He was, in fact, the last of them.
We honored him at the Grand Junction conference two years ago for his many contributions to our trail."

It is with deep sadness today that we learn of the passing of Bill Chenoweth of Grand Junction. Many of you knew him - or knew of him - as a geologist and historian, and he was one of the five who worked successfully to get the Old Spanish Trail listed as one of our nation's historic trails in 2002. He was, in fact, the last of them.

We honored him at the Grand Junction conference two years ago for his many contributions to our trail.

Memorial services are set for Monday, 3 pm at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, donations are suggested to HopeWest, https://www.hopewestco.org/

Hot off the presses! The San Luis Valley Heritage brochure “San Luis Valley: The Cradle of Colorado” is ready to be ...
07/26/2018
New heritage brochure now available

Hot off the presses! The San Luis Valley Heritage brochure “San Luis Valley: The Cradle of Colorado” is ready to be enjoyed. This beautiful 16-page brochure provides Valley residents and visitors alike journeys to explore all the Valley has to offer in its culture, history and heritage. The brochure holds six travel itineraries designed to lead readers on a journey to distinct sites throughout the #SLV including the Old Spanish Trail #OST.

Pick up a copy at any of the SLVMA's 19 museum members
(www.museumtrail.org/museums), or at the Valley’s Visitor Centers in Ft Garland, San Luis, Antonito, Saguache, Monte Vista, Del Norte, Creede, and South Fork; and the Colorado Welcome Center – Alamosa.

https://alamosanews.com/article/new-heritage-brochure-now-available

Trails, Trappers and Traders on the Old Spanish Trail is the start of the Rio Grande County Museum's day on July 21st th...
07/11/2018
San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org

Trails, Trappers and Traders on the Old Spanish Trail is the start of the Rio Grande County Museum's day on July 21st then a field trip to Summer Coon Volcano center. Read article for full description of the day's activities.

Trails, Trappers and Traders on the Old Spanish Trail is the start of the Rio Grande County Museum's day on July 21st then a field trip to Summer Coon Volcano center. Read article for full description of the day's activities.

Image: Summer Coon Composite Cone, coloradogeologicalsurvey.org

https://www.museumtrail.org/news/trails-trappers-and-traders-old-spanish-trail

Would you like to join the La Vereda del Norte Chapter of the Old Spanish Trail located here in the San Luis Valley?  Di...
07/10/2018

Would you like to join the La Vereda del Norte Chapter of the Old Spanish Trail located here in the San Luis Valley?

Did you know that the Old Spanish Trail Association (OSTA) started right here in the San Luis Valley, Colorado? OSTA was established in 1994, in Del Norte, Colorado, with its first headquarters at the Rio Grande County Museum. Its first members were from southern and western Colorado.

Come join us and and learn more about our "outdoor (OSTA) started right here in the San Luis Valley, Colorado? OSTA was established in 1994, in @Del Norte, Colorado, with its first headquarters at the

Send a check for $40 to:
OSTA Membership Coordinator
250 North Redcliffs Drive/4B #553
Saint George, UT 84790

Got an idea for the San Luis Valley's portion of the Old Spanish Trail?  Let us know.  Perhaps this Mesa County #OST art...
07/10/2018
Got an idea for Old Spanish Trail?

Got an idea for the San Luis Valley's portion of the Old Spanish Trail? Let us know.

Perhaps this Mesa County #OST article might spark some ideas! Good luck Orchard Mesa, Colorado

https://www.gjsentinel.com/news/western_colorado/got-an-idea-for-old-spanish-trail/article_f77cd872-826f-11e8-8c6a-10604b9f1ff4.html

Locals will have an opportunity to weigh in on the future of the Old Spanish Trail in Mesa County this week. The Bureau of Land Management is hosting an open

"Happy Fourth of July! Did you know the Southwest has a little 1776 history? In July of that year the Dominguez-Escalant...
07/04/2018

"Happy Fourth of July! Did you know the Southwest has a little 1776 history? In July of that year the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition left Santa Fe, New Mexico, to explore and map an overland route to California..."

Happy Fourth of July! Did you know the Southwest has a little 1776 history? In July of that year the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition left Santa Fe, New Mexico, to explore and map an overland route to California (not knowing, of course, that the War of Independence was beginning 2,000 miles away). After 6 months of traveling thru New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah, inclement weather forced them to turn back. Utes and Shoshones helped to guide them. Map courtesy of Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

You could be 1 of 3 winners of two - $50 gift certificates. Get your punchcard at one of the 16 participating museums. V...
06/21/2018
www.museumtrail.org

You could be 1 of 3 winners of two - $50 gift certificates. Get your punchcard at one of the 16 participating museums. Visit the museums between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends in southern Colorado and the San Luis Valley to get your card stamped. www.museumgiveaway.org

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