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!


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

  • 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
  • 2025 SFTA Spring Workshop & Board Meeting

    2025 SFTA Spring Workshop & Board of Directors Meeting Dates to Remember: May 2-3, 2025; Location TBD 

    March 28, 2025 - March 29, 2025
  • 2025 Santa Fe Trail Association Symposium

    Symposium 2025 will be held September 24-27 in Council Grove, KS and will be hosted by the Heart of the Flint Hills Chap...

    September 24, 2025 - September 27, 2025

Trail News


May 2024 Wagon Tracks

The May issue of Wagon Tracks is in the mail. Read about the upcoming September Rendezvous focusing on the "Road to Conquest: Another View of the Santa Fe Trail." Learn via a memoir about freighting Indian annuity goods, and read the last installment of Hell...
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February 2024 Wagon Tracks

Don't miss this issue! Get your print copy by becoming an SFTA member at The February issue of Wagon Tracks is in the mail. Do you love research? This one is for you. Be amazed by Doug Holdread's cover artwork of a meteor shower over...
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Historic Paintings at the Savoy Grill

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