Southern Trails

Covering Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas

Fosters Hole

1/4 Fosters Hole


2/4 Inscription

Southern Trails Map

3/4 Southern Trails Map

Trail Check

4/4 Trail Check

Identifying and Preserving the Southern Trails to California.


  • President:  Reba Wells Grandrud, Phoenix, AZ
  • Past President:  David Miller, Tulsa, OK
  • Vice President:  Mark Howe, El Paso, TX
  • Secretary:  Susan Loucks, Fresno, CA
  • Treasurer:  Lee Black, Albuquerque, NM
  • Arizona State Director:  Doug Hocking, Sierra Vista, AZ
  • New Mexico State Director:  Cecilia Bell, Silver City, NM
  • So. California State Director:  Jud Mygatt, Corcoran, CA
  • Texas State Director:  Harry Hewitt, Wichita Fall, TX
  • Desert Tracks Editors:  Jon and Debbie Lawrence, Santa Fe, NM
  • Webmaster:  Tom Jonas, Phoenix, AZ
  • Historian/Archivist:  Rose Ann Tompkins, Chandler, AZ
  • Facebook Manager:  Jan Iwashita, Coronado, CA
  • Membership Coordinator:  Vacant



      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?

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