Though it traverses five states, follow the Santa Fe National Historic Trail from Franklin, Missouri, to Council Grove, Kansas, and you'll find adventure and evidence of past travelers who made this remarkable trip before you!


Hours

OPERATING HOURS VARY FROM SITE TO SITE. There are many historic sites, museums, and parks (federal, state, and local) along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, or Oklahoma for you to visit. Please contact individual sites for more information by going to P

Contact Information


Council Grove, KS 66846
Phone: 505-988-6098
websiteFacebookTwitter

Location Type

Kid-friendly
Interpretive Signs
Natural Area
Driving Tours

Site Info

Parking
Wheelchair
Parking
Wheel Chair Accessible

Between 1821 and 1880, the Santa Fe Trail was primarily a commercial highway connecting Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico. From 1821 until 1846, it was an international commercial highway used by Mexican and American traders. In 1846, the Mexican-American War began. The Army of the West followed the Santa Fe Trail to invade New Mexico. When the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the war in 1848, the Santa Fe Trail became a national road connecting the United States to the new southwest territories. Commercial freighting along the trail continued, including considerable military freight hauling to supply the southwestern forts. The trail was also used by stagecoach lines, thousands of gold seekers heading to the California and Colorado gold fields, adventurers, fur trappers, and emigrants. In 1880 the railroad reached Santa Fe and the trail faded into history.

You can visit many sites of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail over the 900-mile historic route. Please use the Places to Go and Maps web pages to access site-specific information.

Stories & Comments

Share Your Story (* fields required)

 
 
Your email address will not be posted on the website.
   
Upload photo or document
Leave blank to submit form:
 
Comments are moderated, and will be published after approval.

7MB limit
Acceptable image formats: JPG, GIF, and PNG
Accepted document format: PDF


cancel

Uploading...
Santa Fe Trail map
Santa Fe Trail map
Fort Osage, Sibley, MO
Cottonwood Crossing, Marion County, KS
Gardner Junction Park, Gardner, KS
Westport Landing, Kansas City, MO
Dodge City Ruts, Dodge City, KS
more photos  1 2 >
Upcoming Events
National Park ServiceVisit MissouriKansas Department of CommerceSEK
Web Development by Imagemakers Inc.
Are you sure you want to delete this?
Yes    Cancel