Colorado is celebrated for many reasons. Big mountains. Craft beer, World-class email newsletters. Stuff like that. But outside of libraries and museums, the Centennial State is not often celebrated for its history.
Not often enough, anyway. People have been hiking Colorado trails since long before Forest Service trailheads (or the Forest Service, for that matter – it was formed in 1905) were even conceptualized. And the remnants of those trails are still maintained for those history buffs with an adventurous streak.
The Old Spanish Trail
Meandering across the Southwest from Santa Fe to Los Angeles, the Old Spanish Trail has been called “the longest, crookedest, most arduous pack mule trail in the history of America.” by historians Leroy and Ann Hafen.