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.
Commercial bus service is available to many cities and towns along the trail.
Did You Know?
Missourian William Becknell was successfull in reaching Santa Fe for trade after the Mexican Revolution of 1821. Prior to that time, Spain had vigorously protected the borders of its New Mexico colony. Becknell is considered the "father" of the historic Santa Fe Trail.