Welcome to the Official

Santa Fe Trail Association

Santa Fe National Historic Trail National Trails System

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 Rendezvous, "Hispanics and the Santa Fe Trail", September 18-20, 2014, Larned, Kansas.  For more information: click here
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS and Registration Information will be posted soon.


Sandy Slusher accepting a Lifetime Achievement award on behalf of her husband Roger Slusher.
For more information about Past-President Roger Slusher, click here.

2013-2023 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

OCTA Symposium in Newton, KS.  September 25-28, 2014 “HISTORIC TRAILS THROUGH SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS:  CHEROKEE TRAIL, CHISHOLM TRAIL AND SANTA FE TRAIL”.  More information can be found at:  www.octa-trails.org

SFTA Symposium 2015 -- Santa Fe, NM

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Interactive Trail Map

Explore the Santa Fe Trail online with the SFTA Interactive Trail Map!
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Become aN ASSOCIATION Member

Join the Santa Fe Trail Association and get additional information about the trail!
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2013 Awards

Complete list of the 2013 Award Winners

2014 AWARDS Nominations are needed for Rendezvous
2013 Awards -- Deadline is July 15, 2014.
Nomination Information

SFTA announces the Santa Fe National Historic Trail GEOTOUR


A Few Hiking Trails
Hiking Three Trails on The Santa Fe Trail

Looking for a place to enjoy the Santa Fe Trail? There are many places along the Trail to hike, bike, or enjoy nature.
A Few Hiking Trails          Explore the Trail

*Photos courtesy of Ruth Friesen and Joanne VanCoevern.

Our Mission
The mission of the Santa Fe Trail Association is to protect and preserve the Santa Fe Trail and to promote awareness of the historical legacy associated with it.  The Santa Fe Trail Association’s purposes are exclusively charitable and educational within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.