The Santa Fe Trail Association is composed of people of all ages and walks of life who are bound together by an interest in the fascinating saga of the Trail, and an interest in preserving its many physical traces and landmarks that still exist upon the face of the American West. While many of them live in the immediate vicinity of the Trail, the SFTA is proud to claim members from all over the United States.
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. Mindful of this, the Santa Fe Trail Association (SFTA), a non-profit association with a 501 (c)(3) status, was created in 1986 to help protect and preserve it. The U.S. Congress likewise recognized the significance of the Trail to American history by proclaiming it a National Historic Trail in 1987.
Santa Fe Trail Association Symposium, "Surviving the Plains", September 26-29, 2013, Ulysses, Kansas.
Dodge City Mayor, Councilman, Marshall, Educator, and Leader on the Santa Fe Trail
On April 20th, the Board of Directors of the SFTA officially accepted the 2013-2023 Draft Strategic Plan.
This plan will be reviewed annually to make sure that the work is being performed. To read the plan, please click the link below.
2013-2023 Strategic Plan
Explore the Santa Fe Trail online with the SFTA Interactive Trail Map!
2013 AWARDS Nominations are needed for Symposium 2013 Awards -- Deadline is July 15, 2013.
On May 4, 2013, the City of Santa Fe, the National Park Service, and the End of the Trail Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association dedicated panels and signs telling the history of Fort Marcy. This fort was built in 1846 following the capture of Santa Fe by General Kearney's Army of the West. See more about this site in the next issue of Wagon Tracks.
*Photos courtesy of Ruth Friesen and Joanne VanCoevern.