Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Santa Fe

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Between 1821 and 1880, the Santa Fe Trail was primarily a commercial highway connecting Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico. From 1821 until 1846, it was an international commercial highway used by Mexican and American traders. In 1846, the Mexican-American War began. The Army of the West followed the Santa Fe Trail to invade New Mexico. When the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the war in 1848, the Santa Fe Trail became a national road connecting the United States to the new southwest territories. Commercial freighting along the trail continued, including considerable military freight hauling to supply the southwestern forts. The trail was also used by stagecoach lines, thousands of gold seekers heading to the California and Colorado gold fields, adventurers, fur trappers, and emigrants. In 1880 the railroad reached Santa Fe and the trail faded into history.

The Santa Fe National Historic Trail is administered by the National Park Service, National Trails Intermountain Region.

The National Trails Intermountain Region office is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a branch office in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Santa Fe Address:

National Park Service

National Trails Intermountain Region

PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504

Salt Lake City Address:

National Park Service

National Trails Intermountain Region

324 South State Street, Suite 200

Salt Lake City, UT 84111
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  • Easy walk, many shops, restaurants, and entertainment. We enjoyed the old Santa Fe area. Parking is anywhere you can find and is free. Just don't forget where you parked as we did!  more »
  • We only drove a short portion of the trail, then walked a few blocks of it once arriving in Santa Fe from the north, but our time in the plaza was wonderful. We were in awe of the adobe buildings and ...  more »

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