Travel the trail by reading exhibits in towns across Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. The eastern edge of the trail began in Franklin, Missouri. The route played a major role in bringing people, goods, and ideas to and from Santa Fe for 60 years.
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.