For your safety and comfort, do not assume that signs on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail will warn you of all safety hazards. Keep watch over children. Keep pets under physical constraint. Be aware of potentially extreme weather conditions and the sometimes-high danger of fire on the prairie. Many trail sites lack amenities; plan ahead. Use public restrooms and other facilities while in towns or developed areas.
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.