American Solar Challenge 2021

Solar cars propped up for charging on short grass with people milling about and working on the cars. A large bluff and blue skies dotted with clouds are in the background.
Solar cars charging at Scotts Bluff National Monument in Gering, NE, during the 2018 American Solar Challenge.

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What do oxen and solar cars have in common?
They’re both powered by the sun!

From August 3-7, 2021, collegiate solar car teams will compete in the American Solar Challenge along portions of the Santa Fe Trail in commemoration of the Trail’s Bicentennial. You’re invited to join in the fun!

Qualified teams will make daily stops in communities and national parks along the route. Come see the cars, explore the history and beautiful landscapes of the Santa Fe Trail, and discover solar technology!

National Trails has partnered with the Innovators Educational Foundation to bring the American Solar Challenge to the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.

Solar cars on a racetrack.

Plan your visit to the ASC

Interested in technology and history? Plan a visit to the American Solar Challenge 2021 on the Santa Fe Trail!

A solar car next to a wagon.

Learn about the ASC

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American Solar challenge flag.

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The map shows the route of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and the stops of the 2021 American Solar Challenge (ASC), which begins in Independence, Missouri on August 4th. The Trail crosses Kansas, with ASC stops in Council Grove on August 4th and Dod

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The route of the 2021 American Solar Challenge along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. The race begins in Independence MO on August 3, with a preceding Display Day on August 2. The solar cars will make stops in Council Grove and McPherson, KS, on August 3; Dodge City, KS, on August 4; La Junta, CO, at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site on August 4-5; and Las Vegas, NM, on August 6-7. On August 7, the solar car teams will do a loop out to Santa Fe and back to Las Vegas for the finish!


Last updated: June 9, 2021

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