• Old Spanish Trail Marker - Sloan, Nevada

      trail marker
      Photo by Osie Turner
      The Old Spanish Trail passed through the Las Vegas Valley and over the Mountain Springs Pass to Tecopa, California. This particular stretch of the trail in the Cottonwood Valley was first discovered by Antonia Armijo in January, 1830 and became a favorite spot to camp for the early pioneers. The springs in Blue Diamond provided the caravan with water and the meadows fed the mules. Today, the area is a favorite for various outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, four-wheel driving, and horseback riding. It's also a superb spot for star gazing at night.

      If you go:
      There is a dirt parking lot located a short distance off of the highway with restrooms on site. The road there is good quality but four wheel drive is recommended past that. This is also a great spot for desert landscape photos, and possibly spotting wildlife a little further away from the SR 160.

      Links:





      Cottonwood Valley Road
      Sloan, Nevada 89054 USA

      Mailing address:
      PO Box 728
      Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      National Trails Intermountain Region - Old Spanish National Historic Trail
      +1 (505) 988-6098


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