• freight wagons on the Santa Fe Trail

    Santa Fe

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

Photos & Multimedia

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Now Showing! We have a variety of videos that will help you find the trail, travel the trail, and experience the trail. Have fun!

 
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Exhibits - View a series of outdoor exhibits at various sites along the Santa Fe Trail. Take the virtual journey and then visit the site!

 
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Listen to a reading of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail Official Map & Guide brochure:

Part 1 (4 MB, mp3, 4 minutes)

Part 2 (7.5 MB, mp3, 8 minutes)

These are large files; please be patient while they load. You can listen to them by clicking on the link, or you can save it to your computer by right clicking on the link and choosing the Save Target As option.

 

Official Map and Guide
To read the text and to download the brochure, please see the Santa Fe National Historic Trail Official Map and Guide, front side.

 

Travel the Trail: Map Timeline 1821 - 1880
William Becknell opened up the Santa Fe Trail, between the Missouri River and the Mexican provincial capital of Santa Fe, in the fall of 1821. The route played a major role in bringing people, goods, and ideas to and from Santa Fe for the next 59 years. However, the Santa Fe Trail was rarely a static entity, because both the route across the plains and the eastern terminus of the trail was constantly in flux. Read More

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

Trade on the historic Santa Fe Trail was a complex web of international business, social ties, tariffs, and laws. Merchants in Missouri and New Mexico had extended connections to New York, London, and Paris!