Santa Fe Trail Association


Traveling the Santa Fe Trail

There are many ways to travel the Santa Fe Trail today.  This page will give ideas for a few of those.   You can start off in your favorite chair and let the internet take you down the Trail on a cyber-tour with these links:

  • The Santa Fe Trail Ready-Made Adventure from the Kansas Dept. of Tourism

  • For a trip on the Santa Fe Trail that includes photographs, historic information and diary excerpts, click here. The William E. Hewit Institute for History and Social Science Education was established in June 1998 to support K-12 education in history and the social sciences. Located on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, it primarily serves schools, teachers and students in Colorado and the Rocky Mountains-Plains region. The primary focus of Hewit Institute programs is teacher education, materials development, and research in the teaching and learning of history and the social sciences. The major materials-development initiative currently underway is the Doing History/Keeping the Past Project.
  • When you travel, do you often wonder what happened at "this place" in the past? Who lived here? What were they like? How did they live their daily lives? If that's the case for you, here at Legends of America, you will find content-rich travel destinations of the American West, including Route 66, ghost towns, outlaws, treasure tales, and even a few ghosts that we bump into along the way.  Filled with both vintage and current photographs, Legends of America focuses on small out of the way places and hidden attractions that appeal to the nostalgic and historic minded, giving you more than just a paragraph, we will take you there! For a trip along the Santa Fe Trail through Kansas visit: Legends of America

Traveling By Car:


By Bicycle


Modern Diaries-Blogs-Journals:

Explore the Santa Fe Trail through the popular outdoor activity of geocaching. The Santa Fe National Historic Trail GeoTour has over 70 caches placed in historic locations covering over 900 miles in length. A GeoTour is a tailored series of geocaches hidden at a destination's points of interest such as historic sites, museums, physical remnants and a varied landscape that makes up the legacy of the Santa Fe Trail. The series of geocaches in a Geocaching GeoTour helps visitors discover a destination by conveying a historical story, revealing hidden vantage points, or bringing them to scenic locations. Tourists and adventurers search for geocaches—cleverly hidden containers that hold a logbook and often small trinkets for trade—using a GPS device or the Geocaching app for the iPhone, Android or Windows Phone. Geocaching is a free hobby that combines the outdoors, exercise, technology and fun. In addition, a collectible challenge coin is offered to the first 500 who travel the Santa Fe Trail and obtain a code word to confirm at least 50 finds. Visitors must record the code word in a special passport available at along with all rules.

This GeoTour join over 30 other GeoTours around the globe hosted by parks, visitor bureaus or local communities. The caches on this GeoTour can be found in the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico, along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. More information on ALL GeoTours can be found at the geocaching site at:

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.