Connect Trails to Parks Exhibits
The National Park Service has a special program to help fund projects that connect national parks with national historic trails. These exhibit projects were designed to help visitors follow the Santa Fe National Historic Trail to four national parks along the historic trail route - Fort Larned National Historic Site, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, Fort Union National Monument, and Pecos National Historic Park.
of exhibits at the four national park sites provides education to visitors by highlighting a unique aspect of each site's relationship to the Santa Fe Trail as well as orientation by directing visitors to sites to the east and west of the park.
Nine exhibit panels, 1.7 MB, pdf
Santa Fe Trail wagon wheel ruts are visible along the drive to Fort Union National Monument. The exhibits highlight the ruts that bear silent witness to the passage of time of nations moving east and west.
Six exhibit panels, 3.9 MB, pdf
Large file size, please be patient.
Did You Know?
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.