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Junior Rangers with ranger in the ruins at Fort Union National Monument
Junior Rangers have fun and learn about the Santa Fe Trail at Fort Union National Monument.



Head Out! Are You Ready to Be a Junior Ranger?

Participants earn a Santa Fe National Historic Trail Junior Ranger badge and collect great memories from exploring the five national park sites related to the Santa Fe Trail. The five national parks are: Fort Larned National Historic Site, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, Fort Union National Monument, Pecos National Historical Park, and Capulin Volcano National Monument.

Don't worry! You don't have to visit all five parks to earn your Junior Ranger badge! Rangers will help you find answers for the activities using brochures from each park.

Four Junior Wagon Master patches
Four Santa Fe National Historic Trail Junior Wagon Master patches are available - one for each section of trail. Wagons Ho!

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Wagons Ho! Be a Junior Wagon Master!

You can become an official Junior Wagon Master for the Santa Fe National Historic Trail! This new program helps kids and families explore the trail. You'll walk along wagon ruts, visit towns, go to museums, and maybe even see horses, mules, and oxen along the way!


Watch this Awesome Video!

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Old Spanish Trail converge in Santa Fe.

Which one goes to Missouri? Which one goes to Mexico City? Which one goes to California?
What was the purpose of each trail? Find out here!


All Roads Lead to Santa Fe

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Fourth and fifth graders from Carlos Gilbert Elementary School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, perform an awesome musical covering three national historic trails: El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, Santa Fe, and Old Spanish.


Script: WORD (30 KB)

Three Trails Children's Narrative/Musical Program

Spanish translation WORD (46 KB)

Last updated: August 25, 2016

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

Santa Fe, NM 87504


(505) 988-6098

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