• freight wagons on the Santa Fe Trail

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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.

 
Image of one of the exhibits at Fort Larned.

Fort Larned National Historic Site was located along the Santa Fe Trail.

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Connecting Four Parks to One Trail

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

 
Image of the one of the exhibits near Fort Union.

The Santa Fe Trail was a military road and protected by the soldiers at Fort Union.

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International Highway

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?

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

The historic Santa Fe Trail spanned 900 miles of the Great Plains between Missouri, in the United States, and Santa Fe, then in Mexico.