Santa Fe Trail - Colorado

Santa Fe Trail - Colorado

Address:PO Box 377
312 East Main St
Trinidad, CO 81082

Phone:719-846-7217
Web: www.santafetrailscenicandhistoricbyway.org Description:One of America's first great trade routes, the Santa Fe Trail (1821-1880) was also critical to the westward expansion of the United States. The section of the trail located in present-day Colorado traverses one of the last strongholds of the nomadic Plains Indians and one of the first toeholds of Anglo-American pioneers who began homesteading along the Arkansas River in the 1860s.
Legth: 184 miles (Colorado section); 565 miles (entire byway). Start/Endpoint: West on US 50 from the Kansas-Colorado state border to La Junta, then southwest on US 350 to the New Mexico-Colorado state border. Time to Allow: 4 hours (Colorado section); 12 hours (entire byway). Designation/Year: National Scenic Byway (1998).

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