Santa Fe Trail Association

Heart of the Flint Hills Chapter - Trail Ride Gallery

"The warmest description will scarce convey to the untraveled readers even a faint picture of this very
beautiful grove…A crystal stream meanders over its pebbly bottom while the sun blazes upon the
surrounding desert we sat...fished, bathed, read, sang, talked of home, and of the strange country
we were about to visit, of the wild travel we had yet to encounter."
— Matt Field, Council Grove, 1839

Circle of History
Last Chance Store
Council Oak
Gene Rayburn and Frank's wagon at mid-day break
Diamond Springs sign, question 9, picture 7
Diamon Spring, question 9, picture 5
Flint Hills, Q9,Pic 4
Flint Hills, Q9, Pic 4-2
Hermits Cave, Q9, Pic 3
Jim, Glen and Katy on Bright shirt Friday in Council Grove
Kaw Mission, Q9, Pic 2
Leeland and Maynard at Hamilton
Leeland and Maynard leading the way to the third gate over open pasture
Maynard, Leeland and I once we reached Council Grove
Lost Springs, question 9, picture 6
Mom, Jaime, Tucker, and Nate at the second break on Friday
Pete, Jim, Oscar, V & D coming up last hill before break
Post Office Oak, Q9, Pic 1
Pumpernickel, Mayo, cheese, and lightrye3, cropped and color edit
question 6, picture 1
Rick manning the water on the second break
Riders on the open pasture
Stone Barn
sunset at Eidmans2
The group throug the gate heading for break
Wagon Crossing


Art Source: The painting featured at the top of this page was done by artist and SFTA member Doug Holdread.
Visit Doug's Website,

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.