The Santa Fe National Historic Trail spans 900 miles of the Great Plains and traverses five states. Though its course is now located within the United States, it was once an international trade route that brought together a cultural mosaic of peoples. While this lifeline of commerce provided for opportunity and cooperation, it also paved the way to conflict among the individuals it brought together.
The Santa Fe National Historic Trail was designated to preserve the story and routes of this nationally significant trail and to support the associated sites that preserve its history.
Learn more about sites that tell the story of the Santa Fe Trail by visiting our state-by-state listing in Places to Go.
Are you curious about how places along the Santa Fe Trail got their names? Guy McClellan’s place name research sheds light on the history and context of locations along the trail.
Last updated: June 12, 2018