Santa Fe National Historic Trail


Embark on a historic journey dating back to 1821, when the Santa Fe Trail was a commercial highway between western Missouri and New Mexico. The Santa Fe National Historic Trail crosses the five states of Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Numerous engaging programs and activities are available at developed sites and communities along the way. You'll find adventure and evidence of past travelers who made this remarkable trip before you!


Seasonality / Weather

Due to the length of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, be sure to consult local weather sources for the region you'll be visiting.



Most trail sites can be reached by car, bicycle, or on foot. Some sites are along unpaved roads.


You can reach the trail by flying into a number of airports, including Kansas City, Jefferson City, and St. Louis, Missouri; Wichita, Topeka, Dodge City, Great Bend, and Garden City, Kansas; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo, Colorado.

Public Transport: 

Commercial bus service is available to many cities and towns along the trail.