Our Mission

The National Trails office collaborates with partners to provide leadership and coordination in the planning, protection, development, and interpretation of our national historic trails and Route 66 for public use and benefit.

Our Vision

Our vision is to engage dedicated partners and communities in nurturing a broader understanding of the historic trails, so that the stories of all peoples who were connected to them might be known and respected; in improving access to the trails, so that they might be more widely experienced and appreciated; and in conveying the significance of the trails, so that they might be more greatly cherished and protected.

Support We Provide - Technical Assistance

  • Resource protection

  • Planning

  • Interpretive products

  • Research

  • Site design and development

  • GIS and mapping

  • Signage

  • Working with tribes

Partnering with You

The trails we administer cover thousands of miles of public and private lands. The creation and maintenance of vital and lasting partnerships with the stewards of those lands is our highest priority.

  • National Park Service and other federal land management agencies
  • Federally recognized tribes
  • State and local parks
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • State and local museums and historical societies
  • Public and private environmental agencies and organizations
  • Local chambers of commerce
  • Private landowners

Management Documents

Our Staff & Offices

Five rangers in front of a Prairie Schooner wagon
Philmont Ranch original route dedication in New Mexico along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail


Last updated: January 10, 2020