San Rafael Swell Country - Emery County, Utah

Old Spanish Trail

Old Spanish Trail
Life-size metal trail markers in Kingston Canyon, Utah

The Old Spanish Trail, one of America's long distance pioneer trade routes, is recognized by Congress as a National Historic Trail. From the early 1800's to abt. 1850, traders and pack mules took the Old Spanish Trail on a six-week trek from northern New Mexico to Southern California, where woolen goods from New Mexico were swapped for horses and pack stock raised on California's ranchos. Many took the trail - traders, frontiersmen, trappers, families, military expeditions, and Indian guides. The trail has been called the "longest, most crooked, most ornery pack trail in the history of the United States." The central route of the Old Spanish Trail, which had to swing north to avoid the impassable Grand and Glen Canyons on the Colorado River, ran northwest from Santa Fe through southwestern Colorado. It crossed the difficult and wide Colorado River and then turned northwest to cross the treacherous Green River near present day Green River, Utah. The route then passed through the San Rafael Swell. Sites mapped & listed below.

Old Spanish Trail

Old Spanish Trail Intersections Latitude Longitude 15. Huntington Creek 3912'08.8"N 11054'36.9"W
1. Quichupah Creek 3919'36.1"N 11057'53.3"W 16. Red Seeps 3912'03.5"N 11051'34.1"W
2. Consolidated Coal Road 3851'75.1"N 11115'74.3"W 17. Buckhorn Flat Road 3911'08.0"N 11047'26.0"W
3. Miller Canyon Road 3853'02.8"N 11113'21.2"W 18. Furniture Draw 3910'09.0"N 11041'50.0"W
4. The Muddy Creek 3855'08.0"N 11111'14.2"W 19. Summit Pond 3909'25.9"N 11038'29.9"W
*5. West Moore 3858'51.1"N 11110'26.1"W 20. Box Flat Road Junction 3908'54.8"N 11037'19.6"W
6. Moore Road - Intersection 3858'10.7"N 11109'00.0"W * 21. Chimney Rock - East 3910'46.0"N 11031'13.0"W
7. Dutch Flat Road 3903'44.8"N 11103'46.6"W 22. Big Hole (The Tanks) 3907'32.0"N 11031'53.0"W
8. Molen Road - Cemetery 3905'19.1"N 11103'22.3"W 23. Cement Crossing 3909'02.0"N 11028'26.0"W
9. Paradise Valley Road 3907'45.0"N 11101'45.6"W 24. Cottonwood Wash 3903'43.0"N 11024'54.0"W
*10. Clawson - North 3908'19.3"N 11105'49.1"W 25. Trail Springs 3901'55.0"N 11020'36.0"W
11. Wilsonville, Cottonwood Creek 3910'33.0"N 11057'18.0"W 26. Saleratus Wash 3900'38.0"N 11019'46.0"W
*12. Castle Dale - South 3912'26.6"N 11101'27.0"W *27. Green River - Northwest 3904'07.4"N 11018'54.1"W
*13. Castle Dale - East 3912'41.3"N 11100'11.0"W *28. Green River - West 3859'34.4"N 11015'10.9"W
*14. San Rafael Access Road 3913'14.7"N 11059'47.8"W 29. Green River Crossing 3901'34.4"N 11008'22.1"W
* Not on original trail route