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Traveling the Trail

During your travels through the middle of America and toward the Southwest, there are many sites along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail that you can easily visit.

 
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Duration:
2 minutes, 1 second

Visit this reconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post on the Santa Fe Trail where trappers, travelers, and Plains Indian tribes came together in peaceful terms for trade. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the past during guided tours.

 
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Duration:
2 minutes, 9 seconds

When the fur trade declined in the 1840-50s, trappers and traders turned to raising livestock. Founded in 1862 along the Santa Fe Trail, Boggsville became the center of commerce and agriculture for the region. Visit in the summer for Old West reenactments.

 
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Duration:
2 minutes, 18 seconds

The grassland has many stories to tell, from dinosaurs roaming the ancient shoreline of a vast lake 150 million years ago to Mexican and American traders traveling the Santa Fe National Historic Trail 150 years ago.

 
Why This Location?

Why did people pick these locations in Kansas, Colorado, and New Meixco to build a life along the Santa Fe Trail in the 1800s? We hope you enjoy the stories told, the gorgeous scenery, and the wildlife in this series of videos connecting humans and nature.
 
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Duration:
5 minutes, 15 seconds

Historic sites follow streambeds: Pigeon's Ranch, Kozlowski's Stage Stop, and the pueblo all took advantage of fresh clean water. What other topographic features made Santa Fe Trail travelers take this path?

 
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Duration:
6 minutes, 58 seconds

Fort Union was a miniature city of 2,000 during the height of its existence along the Santa Fe Trail. It was built from the earth and surrounding natural resources. Can you name two?

 
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Duration:
5 minutes, 21 seconds

Here the expansive prairie grasses attracted and fed buffalo herds; Plains Indians shot the beast and tanned the hide; the hide was a highly sought after trade item. What's another way in which prairie grasses were essential to this site?

 
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Duration:
6 minutes, 27 seconds

1859: The fort was built to protect Santa Fe travelers and supplies from Plains Indians. Yet the Indians were only protecting their homelands from the people who were cutting down forests and killing bison. What other environmental characteristics helped the soldiers to exist here?

Last updated: March 5, 2015

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

Santa Fe, NM 87504

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