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?
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.