• freight wagons on the Santa Fe Trail

    Santa Fe

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

Junior Wagon Master

Sketch of Wagon Master Jake

Wagon Master Jake is ready to hit the
trail with you! Wagons Ho!

Helen Kilian and Coreen Kolisko

Welcome! Glad to have you on the Santa Fe Trail wagon train! I'm Jake, by the way, the Wagon Master. It's good that you happened by, because I'm in need of helpers up and down the Trail! After you learn about the Santa Fe Trail and complete the activities, I'll make you an official Junior Wagon Master!

Hopefully you'll bring friends and family along on this adventure, so there's four different activity booklets for you to choose from based upon your age. When you finish a section of the trail, you'll earn a patch (see below). There are four sections to the trail, so you have plenty of places to explore!

The program booklets are available at the following Santa Fe Trail sites (small file pdf, 70 KB) or by choosing the links below and printing them yourself.

Freighter Edition (ages 9-11)

Bullwhacker Edition (ages 12-14)

Questions? Contact us!

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Four Junior Wagon Master patches
Be a Junior Wagon Master! Explore the trail and earn up to four patches!
Helen Kilian

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

In 1821, the eastern terminus of the historic Santa Fe Trail was Franklin, Missouri; by 1832, Independence, Missouri; and by 1845, at Westport Landing, now Kansas City, Missouri. Textiles and hardware were traded west; silver and mules were traded east.