• freight wagons on the Santa Fe Trail

    Santa Fe

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

Colorado Exhibits

Travel the trail by reading exhibits in towns across Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. The mountain route through Colorado afforded more water sources for weary Santa Fe travelers.

Bents New Fort dedication
Bent's New Fort landscape is like none other. As you stand in the 1850s fort foundation, you can look down from the bluff and gaze upon the Arkansas River. There are five exhibits along a trail brushed by boy scouts that illuminate the life of William Bent - and what happened over time at this site.

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

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.