Original route sign for Santa Fe Trail.  These signs have been placed along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail through a partnership between the National Park Service and the Santa Fe Trail Association, the Chapters of the SFTA, and local entities.

Original route sign for Santa Fe Trail. These signs have been placed along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail through a partnership between the National Park Service and the Santa Fe Trail Association, the Chapters of the SFTA, and local entities.

Map of sites on the Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway Mountain Branch

Summer Weekend Road Trip: Map of sites on the Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway Mountain Branch

Colorado Scenic Byway: Santa Fe Trail | Colorado.com

Southeast Colorado's portion of the historic Santa Fe Trail was traversed by explorers, frontiersman, traders and other colorful characters. You can take this historic route and see the prairie landscape they saw along their journey.

Visit Civil War history on the Old Santa Fe trail at Fort Union National Monument, only an hour and a half from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Fort Union: silhouettes on the Old Santa Fe Trail

Visit Civil War history on the Old Santa Fe trail at Fort Union National Monument, only an hour and a half from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The historic Santa Fe Trail weaves through southeastern Colorado via Lamar, La Junta and Las Animas, where historic sites recall the area’s pioneer past.

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Army train on the Santa Fe Trail

This image depicts Major Bennet C. Riley leading the first troops to escort a Santa Fe Trail trading caravan in It appeared in Harper's Weekly.

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