The Great Prairie Highway
You can almost hear the whoops and cries of "All's set!" as trail hands hitched their oxen to freight wagons carrying cargo between western Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Follow the Santa Fe National Historic Trail through five states and you'll find adventure and evidence of past travelers who made this remarkable trip before you!
The land has a story to tell. Swales and creek crossings, dips and ruts chronicle life on the trail. Follow the stories by following these road signs.Read More
Travel the Trail
Walk trail segments, and visit museums, historic sites, parks, forts, plazas, and a palace connected to the Santa Fe Trail voyage of discovery.Read More
The National Park Service works with federal, state, county, and local agencies, tribes and private individuals as partners to administer the trail.Read More
A Complete Set of Tools
Ready to follow the trail? Need a map? Your toolkit includes brochures, maps, and links for trip planning. Go to Photos & Multimedia for videos.Read More
The Trail Comes Alive!
Watch videos that will help you travel and experience the trail. Peruse exhibits placed along the route. Listen to the trail story of the 1800s.Read More
Much Ado About Something
This is a story of discovery, adventure, broken treaties, golden promises, trade, wars, and riches. Read all about it through ongoing research papers.Read More
Your Passport to the Trail
Visit over 30 sites where you can get your book stamped. Sites & location information listed here. Everyone loves the National Park Passport Program!Read More
Did You Know?
After the Mexican-American War ended in 1848, the United States acquired almost half of Mexico's lands, including New Mexico. Trade and military freighting on the historic Santa Fe Trail boomed, with both firms and individuals obtaining and subcontracting lucrative government contracts.