Journey across five states and 200 years of history during the Bicentennial of the Santa Fe Trail!
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National Park Service rangers from across the Santa Fe Trail commemorate the 200th anniversary. Travel the trail with us to visit Fort Larned National Historic Site, Pecos National Historical Park, Fort Union National Monument, Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, and the National Trails Office in Santa Fe!
The year 2021 marks 200 years since the Santa Fe Trail began its tenure as a commercial highway. The initial journey in 1821 from Missouri to Santa Fe was met with good fortune. William Becknell and his party of five happened to travel the Trail just after Mexico (present day New Mexico) opened to international trade. Becknell’s party was welcomed in Santa Fe and they returned to Missouri having reaped the benefits of the risky trip.
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200th Anniversary Activities
Complete activities for the young and young at heart while learning about the Santa Fe Trail
Virtual Art Contest
Artists of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the 200th Anniversary Virtual Art Contest!
Bicentennial Passport Locations
Find out where to get a special Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial passport stamp
Santa Fe Trail Association
Check out the Santa Fe Trail Association's 200th Anniversary webpage for more information
Bicentennial News & Press Kit
Read the latest Bicentennial news and learn general information about the Santa Fe Trail
Last updated: September 3, 2021