• freight wagons on the Santa Fe Trail

    Santa Fe

    National Historic Trail CO,KS,MO,NM,OK


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August 11, 2012
McCoy Park Exhibit Dedication in Missouri
Five exhibit panels covering the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California national historic trails were dedicated Saturday, August 11, 2012 in McCoy Park, Independence, Missouri.

October 04, 2011
Unveiling at Dodge City Ruts
National Trails Intermountain Region (NTIR) staff representing the Santa Fe National Historic Trail worked with partners to rehabilitate a site featuring some of the best examples of Santa Fe Trail ruts along the historic trail.

Did You Know?

A barbed wire fence and windmill are near the Point of Rocks formation on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail in New Mexico

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.