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Management Planning for Old Spanish Trail Now Underway - Grand Junction, CO

Old Spanish National Historic Trail

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The Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service are seeking public input in developing a management plan for the Old Spanish National Historic Trail. Designated as part of the National Trails System in 2002, the trail route crosses six western States ? New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California ? and links some of the West?s oldest communities from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Los Angeles, California.

Thirteen of the twenty scheduled public meetings have been held to date along the trail route. Scoping began in New Mexico and Colorado in February. The scoping meetings have garnered comments from more than 200 people in communities from New Mexico to Nevada, including excellent participation in Durango, Alamosa, and Gunnison. Everyone with an interest in the trail and its history, possibilities for recreation and heritage preservation, or resources and opportunities along the route are encouraged to attend one or more of the scoping meetings.

One final meeting in Colorado will be held in Grand Junction on April 17, at the Horizon Room, Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Boulevard, from 5:30 ? 7:30 p.m. The public is also invited to submit comments in writing, by email or through the webpage, http://parkplanning.nps.gov, at any time through May 17, 2006. Written comments and email should be addressed to Sarah Schlanger, New Mexico State Office, Bureau of Land Management, PO Box 27115, Santa Fe, NM 87502, Sarah_Schlanger@blm.gov, or to Aaron Mahr, National Park Service, P.O. Box 728, Santa Fe, NM 87504, aaron_mahr@nps.gov.

Some of the more remote sections of the Old Spanish Trail still can be walked, ridden on horseback or bicycle, or followed by wagon or jeep. Other parts of the route are now beneath or alongside some of our busiest highways. The management plan will describe how the surviving elements of the Old Spanish Trail?the route, the landscape, and the historic places?will be developed to preserve trail resources, provide access to trail sites, and tell the story of the trail and its role in American history. The full meeting schedule is posted at www.nps.gov/olsp and at www.nm.blm.gov.



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