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?
Missourian William Becknell was successfull in reaching Santa Fe for trade after the Mexican Revolution of 1821. Prior to that time, Spain had vigorously protected the borders of its New Mexico colony. Becknell is considered the "father" of the historic Santa Fe Trail.