The NHT Family of Signs and How to Use Them
As you begin, it is important to review the national historic trail family of signs and to understand the various sign types and how they are used. Once you have reviewed the sign types, you will be ready to create a sign plan. The sign plan types and their uses are outlined in detail below. Custom signs are covered at the bottom of the page.
Please note that use of these signs requires explicit approval by the NPS, because the signs include the federally protected Santa Fe National Historic Trail logo.
SIGN SIZES AND REFLECTIVE QUALITY
The recommended national historic trail standard road sign size is 32 inches by 48 inches. The Historic Site Name sign is generally 36 inches by 48 inches to accommodate the variety of potential site names.
Some signs have a secondary lower sign panel or arrows (please refer to road signs in table above):
Site entrance signs are typically custom designed. Some sites have an existing site sign that can have a national historic trail panel added below it; some have site logos or themes that can be applied to the new trail sign. Please contact the NPS to discuss options and funding for NHT-branded entrance signs at your national historic trail site.
Did You Know?
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.