Things To Know Before You Come
When traveling along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, please ask permission before going on private land. Please respect your hosts' hospitality when you visit their sites. Leave everything as you find it. Obey signs, use designated parking areas, and limit your stay to the time necessary to appreciate the site. Don't use metal-detectors, dig at sites, collect artifacts, or remove anything. Some sites contain burials; please respect these sacred places. Many portions of the historic routes are on road rights-of-way.
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.