• freight wagons on the Santa Fe Trail

    Santa Fe

    National Historic Trail CO,KS,MO,NM,OK

For Kids

Junior Rangers with ranger in the ruins at Fort Union National Monument
Junior Rangers have fun and learn about the Santa Fe Trail at Fort Union National Monument.
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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.

 
Four Junior Wagon Master patches
Four Santa Fe National Historic Trail Junior Wagon Master patches are available - one for each section of trail. Wagons Ho!
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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?

A barbed wire fence and windmill are near the Point of Rocks formation on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail in New Mexico

Opened in 1821, the Santa Fe Trail became the lifeline for protection and communication between Missouri and Santa Fe. Military forts opened along the route to protect trail travel and trade, and freighting and merchant operations boomed.