Plan Your Visit


The Santa Fe National Historic Trail crosses the five states of Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, covering 900 miles. There are museums, historic sites, trail ruts, and original trail segments located along the length of the trail. Here is a sampling:

Trail Ruts
Imagine Prairie Schooners rumbling over the landscape, 10 feet tall and 23 feet long (with yoke). Imagine further that today you can still see evidence of those 44-50-inch diameter wooden wheels in the terrain from Missouri to New Mexico! Follow the ruts: Minor Park Ruts, New Santa Fe Cemetery Trail Ruts, Trail Corridor and Ruts, Boot Hill Museum Ruts, and Santa Fe Trail Ruts.

Historic Sites
Towns blossomed along the Santa Fe Trail commerce pathway. Ferry landings and river crossings helped cities boom. Meet the places that made history: Boone's Lick State Historic Site, Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site, Boggsville Historic Site, Autograph Rock, Fort Union National Monument, and Fort Marcy.

Walk The Trail
You can walk in the footsteps of explorers, emigrants, soldiers, and Indians - across cityscapes and prairie landscapes: 3 Trails Greenway, Cimarron National Grassland, Comanche National Grassland, Kiowa National Grassland, and Point of Rocks Ranch Trail Segments.

Keeping history alive! Immerse yourself in the region's history, culture, industry, and populations: National Frontier Trails Museum, Gardner Museum, Santa Fe Trail Center, Hough-Baca House and Santa Fe Trail Museum, and Herzstein Memorial Museum.

Campsites, springs, and geology served as visual markers and needed stops along the trail. Santa Fe Spring, Sapling Grove, Pawnee Rock, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, and Point of Rocks.


Basic Information - Operating Hours & Seasons, Fees & Reservations, America the Beautiful Passes, Weather

Directions &Transportation - Getting to the Santa Fe National Historic Trail by plane and car

Maps - Offering a variety of trail maps

Places To Go - An interactive map with trail sites and a list of sites by state

Trip Itineraries - Follow the trail with a media tour (over 500 sites!) or through spiffy trip itineraries

Road Signs - Helping you find your way along the trail

Passport to Your National Parks - Find out where to get your Passport book stamped

Publications - Read / print / order trail brochures

Multimedia - Access podcasts, exhibits, and a photo gallery

Safety - There are many manageable hazards for you to consider

Accessibility - Find out the many ways to experience the trail through accessibility


Missouri Division of Tourism (800) 877-1234

Kansas Division of Travel and Tourism (800) 252-6727

Colorado Welcome Centers for Trinidad and Lamar (719) 846-9512, (719) 336-3483

Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department (800) 652- 6552

New Mexico Department of Tourism (800) 545-2040

Last updated: February 13, 2019

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Mailing Address:

National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504


(505) 988-6098

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