Things To Do

A single room mud brick house with a sod roof, in a grassy field.

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Although the word "trail" is used in the name, the California Trail is not a true hiking trail. With 2,000 miles of the original route now in the hands of various private and public entities, access to trail segments depends upon the permission of the land owner. Some segments are open to the public for hiking and other means of recreation, while others are not.

There are a number of ways to enjoy the California National Historic Trail, including auto-touring, visiting interpretive sites, hiking, biking or horseback riding trail segments, and visiting museums. Depending on which segment you would like to explore, some or all of these activities may be available:

 

Things to do on the California Trail

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      Last updated: January 28, 2021

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      National Trails Office Regions 6|7|8
      California National Historic Trail
      1100 Old Santa Fe Trail

      Santa Fe, NM 87505

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