- 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
Last updated: February 11, 2019