El Camino Real - The Gila Trail - The Old Spanish Trail. Romantic, windblown names to the traveler today, whose highways often follow the trails that are older than the nation. But few realize how much older these routes really are. 25,000 years ago migrating animals pioneered all the routes by which our civilization moved westward, choosing the most direct course - one that would allow reasonably easy travel and provide abundant food and water. The Indian hunters followed, and the frontiersmen followed them. The Old Trails West tells the heroic and tragic adventures of these pioneers, and moves the twentieth century wanderer through his own timeless heritage.