Southern Trails

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Identifying and Preserving the Southern Trails to California.


The Southern Trails Chapter of OCTA is dedicated to studying and preserving a network of early migration and trade routes that led through the southwestern states to California. One of the major trail systems in this area is known as the Southern Trail.  Its variants originate in Oklahoma and Texas and pass through New Mexico and Arizona, terminating in Southern California. The Southern Trails Chapter is working toward gaining National Historic Trail status for this route. Won’t you join us?

      Southern Trails Spring Symposium Gila Bend, Arizona - March 2-4, 2018

      You are invited! The Southern Trails Chapter will host a spring symposium, to be held at the Elks Lodge in Gila Bend, Arizona from Friday morning March 2 through Sunday, March 4. The symposium will offer a range of field trips and presentations over three days - Friday through Sunday. Additionally, the OCTA Board of Directors will hold a workshop the evening of Thursday, March 1 and a board meeting from 9:00 am-4:00 pm on Friday, March 2. There will be a fish fry and a presentation at the Elks Lodge on Friday evening open to the public.

      Hotel and RV campground arrangements are ready. OCTA has a room block at  America's Choice Inn & Suites, which is located at 2888 Butterfield Trail in Gila Bend. The room block is valid from Thursday March 1 to Sunday, March 4. OCTA has negotiated a 10% discount off normal rates, so be sure to mention this room block when you call. Singles are available for $67.50/night and doubles at $76.50/night. Call (877) 778-3789 to make your reservation. The discount is not available on the hotel website.  

      For those of you who want to bring your RV to Arizona, OCTA has also reserved 20 spots at the KOA Campground, located at 800 South Butterfield Trail in Gila Bend. The rate is $31.50/night, which also represents a 10% discount off of published rates. Be sure to mention OCTA when you call to make your reservation to get the discount. Call KOA at (928) 683-2850. KOA is only a half-mile from the hotel. 


          • President: Reba Wells Grandrud
          • Past President: David Miller
          • Vice President: Steffany Palma
          • Secretary: Susan Loucks
          • Treasurer: Lee Black
          • State Director, Arizona: Doug Hocking
          • State Director, New Mexico: Cecilia Bell
          • State Director, Southern California: vacant
          • State Director, Texas: Harry Hewitt
          • Desert Tracks Editors: Jon and Debbie Lawrence
          • Webmaster: Tom Jonas
          • Historian/Archivist: Rose Ann Tompkins
          • Membership Coordinator: Jud Mygatt
          • Facebook Manager: Jan Iwashita

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