The Santa Fe National Historic Trail crosses the five states of Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, covering 900 miles. There are museums, historic sites, trail ruts, and original trail segments located along the length of the trail. Here is a sampling:
Imagine Prairie Schooners rumbling over the landscape, 10 feet tall and 23 feet long (with yoke). Imagine further that today you can still see evidence of those 44-50-inch diameter wooden wheels in the terrain from Missouri to New Mexico! Follow the ruts: Minor Park Ruts, New Santa Fe Cemetery Trail Ruts, Trail Corridor and Ruts, Boot Hill Museum Ruts, and Santa Fe Trail Ruts.
Towns blossomed along the Santa Fe Trail commerce pathway. Ferry landings and river crossings helped cities boom. Meet the places that made history: Boone's Lick State Historic Site, Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site, Boggsville Historic Site, Autograph Rock, Fort Union National Monument, and Fort Marcy.
Walk The Trail
You can walk in the footsteps of explorers, emigrants, soldiers, and Indians - across cityscapes and prairie landscapes: 3 Trails Greenway, Cimarron National Grassland, Comanche National Grassland, Kiowa National Grassland, and Point of Rocks Ranch Trail Segments.
Keeping history alive! Immerse yourself in the region's history, culture, industry, and populations: National Frontier Trails Museum, Gardner Museum, Santa Fe Trail Center, Hough-Baca House and Santa Fe Trail Museum, and Herzstein Memorial Museum.
Campsites, springs, and geology served as visual markers and needed stops along the trail. Santa Fe Spring, Sapling Grove, Pawnee Rock, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, and Point of Rocks.