Head Out! Are You Ready to Be a Junior Ranger?
Participants earn a Santa Fe National Historic Trail Junior Ranger badge and collect great memories from exploring the five national park sites related to the Santa Fe Trail. The five national parks are: Fort Larned National Historic Site, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, Fort Union National Monument, Pecos National Historical Park, and Capulin Volcano National Monument.
Don't worry! You don't have to visit all five parks to earn your Junior Ranger badge! Rangers will help you find answers for the activities using brochures from each park.
Wagons Ho! Be a Junior Wagon Master!
You can become an official Junior Wagon Master for the Santa Fe National Historic Trail! This new program helps kids and families explore the trail. You'll walk along wagon ruts, visit towns, go to museums, and maybe even see horses, mules, and oxen along the way!
Check out the National Park Service WebRangers site: www.nps.gov/webrangers/
Did You Know?
After the Mexican-American War ended in 1848, the United States acquired almost half of Mexico's lands, including New Mexico. Trade and military freighting on the historic Santa Fe Trail boomed, with both firms and individuals obtaining and subcontracting lucrative government contracts.