Santa Fe National Historic Trail


Established: May 8, 1987
Managing Nonprofit: Santa Fe Trail Association
Managing Agency: National Park Service


A map of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail by the National Park Service.

Map of the Santa Fe NHT courtesy NPS.

In 1821, the Santa Fe Trail became one of America’s great international commercial highways, and for nearly sixty years thereafter was a route of adventure and western expansion. The trail runs through the ancestral home lands of the Shawnee, Kansa, Osage, Pawnee, Cheyenne and Arapaho, Comanche and Kiowa, as well as the Apache tribes of Mescalero and Jicarilla, the Mouache Ute, and into the lands of the Pueblo Peoples of New Mexico. Points of interest include the National Frontier Trails Museum, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site, and Bent’s Old Fort Historic Site. Discover additional points of interest along the Santa Fe Trail here.

Eastern Terminus: Central Missouri east of Independence

Western Terminus: Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Santa Fe National Historic Trail runs from central Missouri and westward through Kansas before forking into Colorado and Oklahoma and, finally, ending in Santa Fe, New Mexico.