NPS Centennial

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A whistling tribute to the parks. Rangers and bison and whales - oh my! You'll love it!

The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016, and the entire year was quite a celebration! Throughout 2016, hundreds of millions of you ventured out to Find Your Park-learning, discovering, getting inspired, or simply having fun in national parks. Thank you for joining us!

The Find Your Park party will continue in 2017 as we invite you to continue your own journey to discover national parks and public lands. Share your stories at (and and with #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque on social media.

National parks across the system engaged in a variety of activities to prepare for and celebrate the centennial. Santa Fe National Historic Trail was a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we did and join us as the National Park Service enters a new century in 2017!


Call to Action Projects 

  • 1840s Are Alive Again: 2015 Fur Trade Symposium at Bent’s Fort

    Many people in the plaza of Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in partnership with many other sponsors presented the 2015 Fur Trade Symposium from September 23 to September 26, 2015. More than 175 registered participants took part in this year’s event which also included period music presentations in the evening, field trips to area fur trade sites, and a performance by the Koshare Dancers of La Junta. The symposium culminated with a banquet and fandango in the fort plaza attended by 300. Read more

  • Challenging Long-Held Assumptions About the Santa Fe Trail

    A black and white illustration shows numerous wagons and oxen with men walking and some riding horses.

    The Santa Fe Trail has long been regarded as a two-way commercial trail by both scholars and by the thousands of visitors that flock to sites and segments along the trail. In 2012, however, National Trails Intermountain Region staff received a proposal from a Santa Fe Trail Association member challenging that long-held notion. The study that resulted forced a shift in the perceptions of who used the Santa Fe Trail, and for what purposes. Read more

  • Historic Santa Fe Trail retraced by Visiting Boy Scouts and Local Community

    Boys in red shirts sit on a lawn, a speaker stands at a podium in a green uniform and straw hat.

    Boy Scouts dedicated a new four mile segment of retracement trail on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. Read more

  • Bent's New Fort: A Vital Link

    Three people stand in front of a wayside exhibit surrounded by fall grass, with a bridge and the Arkansas River.

    On October 19th, 2013, over 100 guests attended the dedication of Bent’s New Fort, about eight miles west of Lamar, Colorado. The dedication included five new exhibits and a new trail. Bent’s New Fort links the story of southeastern Colorado—from the development of the Santa Fe Trail, to the occupation of Bent’s Old Fort, the construction of Fort Wise, and the massacre at Sand Creek in 1864. Read more

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Mailing Address:

National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504


(505) 988-6098

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