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We have a variety of videos that will help you find the trail, travel the trail, and experience the trail.

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This series of videos introduces you to sites along the trail that you can easily visit.

Find out why certain locations along the dusty trail offered livelihood in the 1800s.

Enjoy these audio described versions of seven videos.

Online Exhibits

View a variety of exhibits at various sites along the Santa Fe Trail. Take the virtual journey to the site!


Audio Podcasts

Listen to a reading of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail Official Map & Guide brochure:

  • Part 1 (4 MB, mp3, 4 minutes)

  • Part 2 (7.5 MB, mp3, 8 minutes)

These are large files; please be patient while they load. You can listen to them by clicking on the link, or you can save it to your computer by right clicking on the link and choosing the Save Target As option.


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Map Timeline

William Becknell opened up the Santa Fe Trail, between the Missouri River and the Mexican provincial capital of Santa Fe, in the fall of 1821. The route played a major role in bringing people, goods, and ideas to and from Santa Fe for the next 59 years. However, the Santa Fe Trail was rarely a static entity, because both the route across the plains and the eastern terminus of the trail was constantly in flux. Read More

Last updated: January 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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