For Kids

Visiting trail sites is fun! Want to be a Junior Ranger or a Junior Wagon Master? Want to learn from kids like you? You can participate in the activities below designed for youth and families to explore the Santa Fe Trail.
Two rangers stand in front of a group of kids seated on the ground facing a historic site.
Junior Rangers learn about the past at Fort Union National Monument.

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

Kids 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.

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.

An illustration of the outline of a coiled rattlesnake.

NPS/Cheyne Warren

Coloring Pages

Learn more about the trail and the animals that traverlers saw along the way with these great coloring sheets. This is fun for all ages, just download, print, and color!

Image showing four Junior Wagon Master patches

Helen Kilian/Footpath Studio with the Santa Fe Trail Association

Wagons Ho! Be a Junior Wagon Master!

You can become an official Junior Wagon Master for the Santa Fe National Historic Trail! This 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!

Through this program, managed in partnership with the Santa Fe Trail Association, you can earn up to four patches by traveling the trail.


Watch this Trail 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!

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30 minutes, 34 seconds

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.



Last updated: June 29, 2020

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National Trails Office Regions 6|7|8
Santa Fe National Historic Trail
1100 Old Santa Fe Trail

Santa Fe , NM 87505



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