With more than 13,000 years of human habitation, New Mexico offers a wealth of historic sites located on vast tracts of land well off the beaten path. As author Robert Julyan observes, not much history has been made from a speeding car, and locations that have to be reached on foot are almost always less altered by parking lots, visitor centers, roadways, or traffic noise. Written for both outdoor enthusiasts and vicarious travelers, Hiking to History describes the historical significance behind these publicly accessible sites and includes GPS coordinates to enable readers to find each place. Ranging from the state's principal Civil War battlefield at Glorieta to the dirt road where a broken wagon wheel led two young artists to settle in Taos in 1898, the scenes provide an up-close experience of the state's remarkable past.
"With Hiking to History, Julyan unleashes his inner storyteller to fill in the blanks on twenty-two lore-laden places . . . introducing readers to a host of colorful and thoroughly New Mexican characters."--New Mexico Magazine
"Armchair adventurers as well as true hikers will enjoy these excursions to some of the most intriguing sites in New Mexico history. With his vast knowledge of history and his equally vast experience as a hiker, Bob Julyan is the perfect guide to lead us on these captivating trips into the past."
--Richard Melzer, coauthor of A History of New Mexico Since Statehood