The historic Old Spanish Trail runs from Abiqui, New Mexico, through the northwestern corner of Arizona and ends at Los Angeles. Is there another Old Spanish Trail in southern Arizona?

The historic Old Spanish Trail runs from Abiqui, New Mexico, through the northwestern corner of Arizona and ends at Los Angeles. Is there another Old Spanish Trail in southern Arizona?

John Mazella
Manchester, New Hampshire

You might be thinking of the Captain Juan Bautista de Anza Trail that ran north from Horcasitas, Mexico to Tucson, then up to the Gila River and down that stream (part of the Giola Trail) to Yuma. De Anza pioneered that trail in 1775-76 to open the colonization of California. Another, Camino del Diablo (the Devil’s Highway‚ followed roughly along the diagonal Arizona-Mexico boundary line. Father Kino and Captain de Anza used it in the 1700s.

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Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian, board president of the Arizona Historical Society and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu