In 1821, the Santa Fe Trail became America’s first great international commercial highway, and for nearly sixty years thereafter was one of the nation’s great routes 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