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About SFTA

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.

Junior Wagon Master

Become a Junior Wagon Master for the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. Earn a colorful patch by completing an activity booklet for students of all ages while visiting the Trail!

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An Official GeoTour

Check out our Santa Fe National Historic Trail GeoTour and start searching for nearby caches! Over 70 geocaches are placed along the length of the trail covering over 900 miles. Currently awarding “First to Find” prizes, as well as prizes to geocachers who fulfill requirements for the PASSPORT ACTIVITY”. 

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Trail Events

  • 2024 SFTA Spring Workshop & Board of Directors Meeting

    April 12-14, 2024 Thursday evening, April 11, 2024 — 6:00 p.m. Carpool to Carriage Crossing Restaurant, Yoder, KS ...

    April 12 - April 14
  • 2024 Santa Fe Trail Adult Trip

    Taste of the Santa Fe Trail with Chris Day and Janet Armstead! Retrace the path of the famous Santa Fe Trail with this j...

    May 23 @ 8:00 am - June 3 @ 5:00 pm
  • SFTA 2024 Rendezvous

    SFTA Board of Directors meeting will be in conjunction of Rendezvous.  Date and Location to Remember: September 19-21 a...

    September 19 - September 21

Trail News

Historic Paintings at the Savoy Grill

Donations for the Santa Fe Trail Association

Remember the Santa Fe Trail Association on this "Giving Tuesday!" Donations made to the Santa Fe Trail Association are tax-deductible as we are a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Donations help us achieve our goal to preserve, protect and promote/educate about the historic Santa Fe Trail. You...

52 Ways to Discover the Santa Fe Trail

Official Santa Fe Trail Association Pinterest Board If you are planning a trip to explore the Santa Fe Trail, Pinterest is a great resource to discover ideas and inspiration! Today, this historic route is popular destination for history buffs and adventures alike, with numerous landmarks...

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