The Great Prairie Highway

You can almost hear the whoops and cries of "All's set!" as trail hands hitched their oxen to freight wagons carrying cargo between western Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Follow the Santa Fe National Historic Trail through five states and you'll find adventure and evidence of past travelers who made this remarkable trip before you! Read More

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Planning a Trail Visit

Do you want to experience the trail? Learn more about where you can go, historic sites you can visit and more!

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Where is this National Historic Trail?

Take a look at interactive, historic, and trip planning maps to learn more about locations along the trail.

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What is a National Historic Trail?

Many folks wonder what a national historic trail actually is. Hear from trail staff about how we define these important parts of history.

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Explore Digitally

View trail photo galleries, connect on social media, explore deeper on mobile apps, watch videos, and check out other digital media!

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What's New

Check out current news, events, special projects, new research, and more!

Last updated: November 8, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

National Trails
Santa Fe National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504

Phone:

(505) 988-6098

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