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.
Plans are being made to commemorate the 200th anniversary of opening of the Santa Fe Trail to trade. In 1821, on June 10, William Becknell published a notice in the Missouri Intelligencer newspapersoliciting participants for a trip “to the westward for the purpose of trading for Horses & Mules, and catching Wild Animals of every description, that we may think advantageous.” More information will be provided as plans are made for commemorations.
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Due to COVID-19, Rendezvous 2020 has been cancelled. The theme, "Youth on the Santa Fe Trail," will be presented for Rendezvous 2022, Sept.22-24, 2022
Save the Date
September 22–26, 2021
La Junta, CO
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Information and the Application for a Scholarly Research Grant is available HERE.
The Santa Fe Trail Association (SFTA) has announced that legendary singer/songwriter Michael Martin Murphey will be the honorary chair of Santa Fe Trail 200. . . “I’m deeply honored to be chosen as the Honorary Chair of the Santa Fe Trail’s bicentennial commemoration,” said Murphey. “The story of the Santa Fe Trail is as essential to the American story as that of the Revolution. From the beginning, our fathers were looking West…. I am thrilled to be a spokesman for that story.”
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“The Trail to Santa Fe” by Ron Kil, was created in observance of the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Santa Fe Trail.
The SFTA Last Chance Store, founded as part of the Santa Fe Trail Association in 1987 and operated entirely by volunteers, offers books, maps, prints, posters, pins, music, and other items related to the Trail. You can also sign-up or renew your SFTA membership, or make a donation to the SFTA through the Last Chance Store.
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". . . I have thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would recommend it to anyone that is interested in geocaching and for the history that I learned about the Santa Fe Trail! Thank you to the association for the terrific tour!"
Students of all ages can go on this adventure! Complete activity booklets as you visit the Trail and when you finish a section, you can earn a patch (see below).
To be a Junior Wagon Master for the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, go here and Read More
When you've completed your activities, scan and e-mail them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
SFTA Chapters Partner with NPS and Communities to place signs that will help you find and explore the many places and stories of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. Read More
Explore the Santa Fe Trail online with the SFTA Interactive Trail Map!
*Photos courtesy of Ruth Friesen and Joanne VanCoevern. SFTA Photo Release Form