Traveling the Trail
During your travels through the middle of America and toward the Southwest, there are many sites along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail that you can easily visit.
Our Map page will also help you decide your journey along this incredible route through history.
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site is located 8 miles east of La Junta, Colorado on Highway 194. Site administered by the National Park Service.
Boggsville Historic Site is located on the Purgatoire River two miles south of Las Animas, Colorado on Highway 101. Site administered by the Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County.
Comanche National Grassland is located in Baca, Las Animas, and Otero counties of southeastern Colorado. The total land area of the grassland is approximately 443,784 acres. Site administered by the U.S. Forest Service.
Did You Know?
In 1821, the eastern terminus of the historic Santa Fe Trail was Franklin, Missouri; by 1832, Independence, Missouri; and by 1845, at Westport Landing, now Kansas City, Missouri. Textiles and hardware were traded west; silver and mules were traded east.