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Address: Santa Fe, NM

Once a major commercial route that connected Santa Fe and Missouri, today...

Once a major commercial route that connected Santa Fe and Missouri, today visitors can hike, drive, bike or horseback ride along sections of this scenic trail.

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"Journey's End" sculpture brings the journey to life

Located at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Lejo (at the Museum Hill marker), there is a larger than life bronze sculpture of the first in a mule-pulled wagon train caravan... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2016

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Reviewed 2 October 2016

Located at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Lejo (at the Museum Hill marker), there is a larger than life bronze sculpture of the first in a mule-pulled wagon train caravan, struggling to make it up a hill. The artist captured the powerful raw energy of this frozen-in-time scenario. During the 1800's,the Santa Fe Trail connected New Mexico... More 

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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We bought Mark Simmons' SFT guide and used it on our drive from northeastern Kansas to Santa Fe along the Mountain Route. We enjoyed many of the sites along the way, especially those administered by the National Park Service. Council Grove, Ft Larned, Bent's Fort, Fort Union and Pecos NHS were some of our favorites. Santa Fe is a beautiful... More 

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Markdale, Canada
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Reviewed 2 May 2016

When you take this route, try to imagine being in the driver`s seat of a covered wagon, coming around some of the curves into wide open vistas of plains. Really takes you back and helps imagine what a trek it was to open up the west.

1 Thank KateJourney
Middletown, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016

Finished the trail today, what a wonderful drive! So many interesting places to stop, for views as well as shopping/

1 Thank J5649CFmichaelt
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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1,068 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 434 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2016

We've driven Rt 66, and done most of the main highways in the SE, so this roadtrip we decided to follow some of the Santa Fe Trail Scenic Byway (from SW Kansas / through SE Colorado / through NE New Mexico to Santa Fe. Best scenery starts once you enter NM. Lots of interesting routes to take through Taos to... More 

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Reviewed 14 October 2015 via mobile

After reading about this from childhood, traveling its last few miles was exciting. The Plaza, its terminus was an incredible experience.

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Reviewed 16 February 2015

We were fascinated by the historical markers in the downtown area designating the Santa Fe Trail and decided we had to check it out. You can drive for about seven miles heading south from downtown on a partly paved road. Eventually the trail turns into a dirt road, and you'll come to a dead end unless you steer off on... More 

3 Thank FancyFree55
Lake Forest, California
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Reviewed 14 December 2014

The Santa Fe Trail was a 19th-century transportation route through central North America that connected Franklin, Missouriwith Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pioneered in 1821 by William Becknell, it served as a vital commercial and military highway until the introduction of the railroad to Santa Fe in 1880. Santa Fe was near the end of the El Camino Real de Tierra... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed 9 December 2014

I had visited various places along Santa Fe Trail -- usually just nondescript sites with historical markers -- but this was my first visit to the trail's terminus, the wonderful city of Santa Fe. There are no wheel ruts to see, but I got a sense of the trail's historic presence and took a mind-trip along it by starting at... More 

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Geddington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

We stayed in Santa Fe as part of our Route 66 road trip, doing most of the “Santa Fe Loop” before heading up on a side trip to Monument Valley. Our agent, who booked accommodation for us, had recommended 2 nights in Santa Fe as it is such a “vibrant shopping destination”! Yes, well luxury shopping is about appealing to... More 

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