A color, topographical map of the entire California NHT is available as an Acrobat PDF document (744kb). Since the 2,000-mile long trail covers seven states, from Missouri to California, this map measures approximately 46" x 9".
National Trails Intermountain Region
Driving directions for following the California NHT by automobile are available using the links above and the left-hand navigation links. Auto Tour Route (ATR) highway signs have been installed along modern-day roads that parallel the historic route as closely as possible. Directions are listed from east to west.
GIS Interactive Map
The National Park Service Geographic Resources Program hosts an interactive trails map viewer. Choose the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and then zoom in to find the details you need for trip planning.
Tip: There are menu options at the top right and top left of the map viewer.
Did You Know?
It is estimated that between 350,000 and 500,000 people emigrated to the west between the 1840s and 1870s. They came by ox drawn wagons, on foot, & pulling hand carts until the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads completed a rail line in May of 1869 at Promotory Point in Northern Utah. More...