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.

Our Map page will also help you decide your journey along this incredible route through history.

 

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

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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.

 

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site is located 8 miles east of La Junta, Colorado on Highway 194. Site administered by the National Park Service.

 

Boggsville Historic Site

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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.

 

Boggsville Historic Site is located on the Purgatoire River two miles south of Las Animas, Colorado on Highway 101. Site administered by the Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County.

 

Comanche National Grassland

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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.

 
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Look for rest stops such as this one on Colorado Highway 350.

Comanche National Grassland is located in Baca, Las Animas, and Otero counties of southeastern Colorado. The total land area of the grassland is approximately 443,784 acres. Site administered by the U.S. Forest Service.

 
Comanche National Grassland
Take a walk on the wild side. Comanche National Grassland off Colorado Highway 350.

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3 Trails Children's Musical

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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 historic trails: El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, Santa Fe, and Old Spanish. All three trails converge at 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!

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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

Santa Fe, NM 87504

Phone:

(505) 988-6098

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