Hiking the Western Trail in Mexico
The Western Trail follows a route from the Continental Divide of Colorado southward through the Grand Canyon to the Pacific Ocean. It begins in Grants, New Mexico, and travels through the southwest on the way to Los Vegas. The route of this trail is known as the Old west trail system, because it follows a route that has been used by wagon and train riders westward over the mountains and through desert. The old-growth forests of Colorado are abundant in this route as well as numerous other wildlife refuges. It passes through seven States, including Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Oregon. The western portion of this trail follows the Continental Divide.
The Western Trail has many sections: the Colorado Mountain Range, the San Juan National Forest, the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains, and Yellowstone National Park. Most of the routes in the west end near present day dodge city, Montana, but there is an option for a section of the trail that goes through present day Las Vegas. The Grand Canyon portion of the trail was originally constructed to construct a bypass road for military personnel as they left for the Mexican-American War. Today, this part of the trail makes it possible to drive right up to the edge of the Grand Canyon.
The Colorado Trail traverses the San Juans and Pueblo Indian lands. The San Juans are an Indian tribe that lives in the southwest of Mexico, near the Rio Grande. The Pueblo Indians are a major Indian ethnic group that have their own territory in south-eastern Colorado. The western trail system includes a portion of the San Juans’ lands along the south side of the San Juans River.
The trail also includes portions of the San Miguel National Forests. In modern history, Spanish explorers were brought to these areas for the first time and established settlements in the New World. The Western Trail passes through three countries, including Mexico, the United States, and Peru. The country of Mexico along the border of the United States is known as Chihuahua Rica. The western portion of the trail passes through the three countries of northern Mexico.
A popular segment of the Western Trail is the San Miguel National Forest. This extensive forest is located within the boundaries of the three nations of Mexico, namely, the United States, Peru, and Chihuahua Rica. The San Miguel National Forests is one of the most visited National Parks in the United States. It is also one of the best hiking destinations in the world. Hikers from all over the world come to this forest to view its beautiful scenery and experience the tranquility found there. The forest is very unique because of its large areas of dense forest, which make it a very difficult trek to get around; yet, the scenery is very amazing.
To get to the San Miguel National Forest you must take a four-wheel drive vehicle. Once at the destination, you will need to use the hiking trail marker, which is a stick sticking person used for marking trails. Hikers are not to leave the way they came to the trail head, but must return to the trail head by walking in the direction they came. It is important to be safe while exploring the beautiful land of Mexico and the Western Trail, the Rotary Trail, will give you that experience.