• freight wagons on the Santa Fe Trail

    Santa Fe

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

Whittington Center

Exhibit at the Whittington Center

Whittington Center

This exhibit focuses on the trail in the area of the Colorado-New Mexico border and is located at the NRA Whittington Center - Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest. Click here to view the exhibit (853 KB, pdf).

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

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.