Why This Spot?

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.

 

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

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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?

 

Fort Union National Monument

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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?

 

Pecos National Historic Park

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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?

 

Fort Larned National Historic Site

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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?

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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