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?
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.