Auto Tour Route Sign
The Auto Tour Route sign is intended to mark an all weather road route that more or less follows the historic route of the trail. Similar to Local Tour Route signs, Auto Tour Route signs are intended to guide the public to be in proximity to the historic route. Historic Site Name signs are then used to direct the public from the auto tour route to historic trail sites and segments. Note that the Auto Tour Route signs are not intended to mark the trail or to convey to the public that they are on or following the trail itself. Original Route signs are used for this purpose.
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.