Old Spanish Trail
Mountain Springs Pass
This portion of the Old Spanish Trail was discovered in January, 1830,
by Antonio Armijo during this first trip from Santa Fe to Los Angeles.
The springs just north of this marker provided excellent water and fed
meadows of luxuriant grass for draft animals. Two days were required
to travel between Las Vegas and Mountain Springs Pass. The trip was
broken at Cottonwood Springs, the site of Blue Diamond, where an early
start was usually made in order to climb the pass by nightfall. Early
travelers often referred to the area as Piute Springs, but the present
title has been used for over a century. The altitude made Mountain
Springs one of the favorite camping spots on the trail.
State Historical Marker No. 142
Nevada State Park System
Southern Nevada Historical Society