Dodge City Area
Cimarron Crossing Park
Cimarron Crossing Ranch was located at a crossing of the Arkansas River near the present-day town of Cimarron, Kansas. Ranches were of great service to trail travelers and traders. They could make repairs to wagons, get a hot meal, learn about trail activity in the area, and be protected by the ranch's walls. (533 KB pdf)
Coronado Cross Park
Located on Highway 400 east of Dodge City, this exhibit orients visitors to trail sites in the Dodge City area. It also is the first exhibit to feature the Santa Fe Trail media tour. Click here to view. (653 KB pdf)
Did You Know?
Missourian William Becknell was successfull in reaching Santa Fe for trade after the Mexican Revolution of 1821. Prior to that time, Spain had vigorously protected the borders of its New Mexico colony. Becknell is considered the "father" of the historic Santa Fe Trail.