• Established in 1987
  • 1,203 miles long (2013)

Establishing a New National Historic Trail

Added to the National Trails System in October 1987, the Santa Fe Trail opened up commerce between Mexico and America in 1821. Trade continued from Franklin, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico after the Mexican-American War ended in 1848. The national historic trail extends 1,203 across Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico.

The National Park Service administers the Santa Fe National Historic Trail in partnership with other federal, state, and local agencies; non-profit organizations; and private landowners. Participating national historic trail sites display the official trail logo.


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National Trails System
The National Historic Trails System, established by the National Trails System Act of 1968, commemorates historic routes and promotes their preservation and development for public use. National Historic Trails recognize diverse facets of history such as prominent past routes of exploration, migration, trade, communication, and military action. The historic trails generally consist of remnant sites and trail segments, and thus are not necessarily contiguous.

Learn more about the National Trails System, including national historic, scenic, and recreation trails. View the National Trails System map.


Our Mission
To promote the preservation and development of national historic trails for public use, enjoyment, education, and inspiration.


Last updated: February 11, 2019

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Mailing Address:

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

Santa Fe, NM 87504


(505) 988-6098

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