The National Park Service works with federal agencies, state and local governments, organizations, tribes, and private individuals as partners to administer the national historic trail.
The Santa Fe Trail Association is a major partner with the National Park Service. The association is a national organization dedicated to preserving resources, and fostering public awareness and appreciation of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.
Visit the association's website at www.santafetrail.org
In 2003, the Santa Fe Trail Association and the National Park Service developed a Strategic Plan to guide their partnership work on the trail.
The historic trail is also designated as the Santa Fe National Scenic Byway, a program administered by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration.
To learn more, visit the New Mexico Tourism Department's website on the byway at http://newmexico.org/scenicbyways/sf_trail.php
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.