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?
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.