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National Register of Historic Places Nominations

The National Park Service, in partnership with a wide variety of state agencies, universities, and other entities, has nominated a number of properties associated with the Santa Fe Trail to the National Register of Historic Places, and it is in the process of nominating additional properties. The nomination process involves identifying properties of high integrity with a significant association to the Santa Fe Trail. Associated properties eligible for the National Register help trail enthusiasts to positively identify the Santa Fe Trail on the ground. They also promote the significance of the trail in our communities. A listing on the National Register may offer additional protection features to historic sites and trail segments.

A document called "National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Nomination Form: Historic Resources of the Santa Fe Trail, 1821–1880" was written by Joseph J. Gallagher, Alice Edwards, Lachlan F. Blair, and Hugh Davidson and was entered onto the National Register in 1993. Multiple property nomination forms provide historic contexts and significances for trail-related properties. They also identify property types, including descriptions, resource significance statements, and nomination requirements for properties such as fort sites, emigration depots, roadbeds, ferry crossings and landings, campsites, structures, gravesites, and disbandment sites. This document, now almost twenty years old, is currently being revised.

Each of the State Historic Preservation Offices for states located along the Santa Fe Trail (Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Oklahoma), along with the National Park Service, are now actively involved in identifying and nominating eligible trail-related properties. See the listing below for the properties that have already been entered onto the National Register.

Visit the National Register of Historic Places website at for more information. Or contact the National Trails Intermountain Region staff using the Contact Us link in the left-hand navigation bar.


National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)/National Historic Landmark (NHL)
February 18, 2011

Properties are on the National Register of Historic Places ONLY unless otherwise indicated.


Baca House, Trinidad
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, La Junta (NHL/NRHP)
Boggsville, Las Animas
Fort Lyon, Las Animas
Raton Pass, Trinidad (NHL/NRHP)


Council Grove Historic District, Council Grove (NHL/NRHP)
Fort Aubrey Site, Syracuse
Fort Larned National Historic Site, Larned (NHL/NRHP)
Hays, Seth, House, Council Grove
Hunt, Samuel, Grave, Burlingame
Kaw Methodist Mission, Council Grove
Lanesville School, Edgerton
Last Chance Store, Council Grove
Lost Springs, Lost Springs
Lower Cimarron Spring, Ulysses (NHL/NRHP)
Mahaffie, J.B., House, Olathe
Pawnee Rock, Pawnee Rock
Santa Fe Trail (Douglas County Trail Segments), Baldwin
Santa Fe Trail (Marion County Trail Segments), Durham
Santa Fe Trail (Rice County Trail Segments; Ralph's Ruts), Chase
Santa Fe Trail Ruts, Dodge City (NHL/NRHP)
Shawnee Mission, Fairway
Simcock House, Counicl Grove
Six Mile Creek Stage Station Historic District, Burdick
Station Little Arkansas, Windom
Walnut Creek Crossing, Great Bend


Alexander Majors House, Kansas City
Arrow Rock Tavern, Arrow Rock
Arrow Rock, Arrow Rock (NHL/NRHP)
Bingham, George Caleb, House, Arrow Rock (NHL/NRHP)
Bingham-Waggoner House and Estate, Independence
Blue Mills, Independence
Boonslick State Park, Boonsboro
Cave Spring, Kansas City
Fort Osage Archeological District, Sibley
Fort Osage, Sibley (NHL/NRHP)
Harris, Col. John, House, Kansas City
Jackson County Jail and Marshal's House, Independence
Kelly's Westport Inn, Kansas City
Lewis Jones House, Independence
Lewis-Webb House, Independence
Neff Tavern Smokehouse, Napton
Noland, Smallwood V., House, Independence
Owens-McCoy House, Independence
Rice-Tremonti House, Raytown
Santa Fe Trail (Grand Pass Trail Segments), Grand Pass
Santa Fe Trail (Minor Park Trail Segments), Kansas City
Santa Fe Trail (Saline County Trail Segments), Stanhope
Santa Fe Trail (Santa Fe Trail Park Ruts), Independence

New Mexico

Cimarron Historic District, Cimarron
Clifton House Site, Raton
El Vado de las Piedras and the Santa Fe Trail (Colfax County Trail Segments), Springer
Fort Marcy Officer’s Residence, Santa Fe
Fort Marcy Ruins, Santa Fe
Fort Union National Monument, Watrous
Las Vegan Plaza, Las Vegas
Maxwell-Abreu and North (Martinez) Houses, Cimarron
Ocate Creek Crossing and the Santa Fe Trail-Mora County Trail Segments, Ocate
Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe
Pecos National Historic Park, Pecos
Point of Rocks Historic District, Springer
Rabbit Ears, Clayton (NHL/NRHP)
Raton Pass, Raton (NHL/NRHP)
Santa Fe Plaza, Santa Fe
Santa Fe Trail (San Miguel County Trail Segments), Tecolote
Wagon Mound (and Santa Clara Canyon), Wagon Mound (NHL/NRHP)
Watrous (La Junta), Watrous (NHL/NRHP)


Autograph Rock Historic District, Boise City
Camp Nichols, Wheeless (NHL/NRHP)
Cold Spring and Inscription Rock Historic District, Boise City


Browse the Certified Sites page by state to find address information for some of these locations.

Last updated: February 25, 2019

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