• freight wagons on the Santa Fe Trail

    Santa Fe

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


The historic Santa Fe Trail traversed the present-day states of Missouri,
Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico.
National Trails Intermountain Region

Getting To the Santa Fe National Historic Trail

You can visit many sites of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail over the 900-mile historic route. Please use the Places to Go and Maps web pages to access site-specific information. Visit the Passport page to see where you can get your book stamped.


You can reach the trail by flying into a number of airports, including Kansas City, Jefferson City, and St. Louis, Missouri; Wichita, Topeka, Dodge City, Great Bend, and Garden City, Kansas; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo, Colorado.


You can reach most trail sites by auto or bicycle, or on foot. Some sites are along unpaved roads.

Public Transportation

Commercial bus service is available to many cities and towns along the 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.