The Goodnight Loving Trail

The Goodnight-Loving Trail was a trail used in the cattle drives of the late 1860s for the large-scale movement of Texas Longhorns northward from the open range country of west Texas and New Mexico to the railroads in Colorado in the United States.

The trail ran from Young County, Texas, southwest to Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos River, then up the Pecos to Fort Sumner, New Mexico, and then north to Colorado. The trail was first used by Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving who drove their first herd of cattle along the trail in 1866.