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?
Emigrants often camped for days at Alcove Spring in Northeastern Kansas as they waited for Spring floods to subside. The location was very peacful and had good water and grass for livestock. The ill-fated Donner & Reed wagon train had their first casualty here in 1846 when Sarah Keys died. More...