Take a virtual tour of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail with this interactive map. Similar to Google Earth, this map allows you to pan across the length of the trail and to pull up information and photos on sites related to the trail. A tutorial (1.57 MB pdf) has been provided to show you how to navigate and use the system.
In order to access the interactive map, you will need to install Silverlight.exe. It is a free Microsoft application that allows viewers to stream interactive web services on their computers. You can download the application for free at: www.silverlight.net
You will also need acrobat reader to open up the tutorial. You can download acrobat reader for free at: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
Santa Fe Trail Association Interactive Map
Here's an interactive map that has pop ups revealing specific site information. Look under Mapping and Marking along the top navigation bar for more Santa Fe Trail-associated maps. This is another great way to explore the Santa Fe Trail!
GIS Interactive Map
The National Park Service Geographic Resources Program hosts an interactive trails map viewer. Choose the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and then zoom in to find the details you need for trip planning.
Tip: There are menu options at the top right and top left of the map viewer.
Travel the Trail: Map Timeline 1821 - 1880
Did You Know?
Opened in 1821, the Santa Fe Trail became the lifeline for protection and communication between Missouri and Santa Fe. Military forts opened along the route to protect trail travel and trade, and freighting and merchant operations boomed.