Santa Fe Trail

National Scenic BywayColorado, New Mexico

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  • Raton Pass on I-25

    Both scenic byway and auto tour route signs are displayed just before a pullout located a short distance north of Raton Pass on I-25.

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  • Interpretive Sign at Pullout on I-25

    Interpretive signs "Trinidad" and "Where Coal Was King" are at a pullout located a short distance north of Raton Pass on I-25.

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  • Interpretive Sign Near I-25

    Interpretive signs "Challenge of the Pass" are at a pullout located a short distance north of Raton Pass on I-25.

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  • Mountain Scenery and Interpretive Signage

    These mountains provide a peaceful sight to supplement the interesting facts found on the signs at a pullout near Raton Pass.

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  • Sign Along Purgatoire Riverwalk

    This interpretive sign sits beside a newly constructed biker and pedestrian path along the Purgatoire River through downtown Trinidad.

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  • Woman on Purgatoire Riverwalk

    A woman stops to read one of the interpretive signs along the Purgatoire Riverwalk that passes through downtown Trinidad.

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  • Interpretive Sign Along Highway 350

    This interpretive sign "The Santa Fe Trail", just off of Highway 350, sits in front of empty fields.

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  • Interpretive Signage on Highway 350

    This sign entitled "Whoopee Ti-Yi-Yo..." is one of several interpretive signs located west of La Junta on Highway 350.

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  • Bent's Old Fort

    A National Historic Site, Bent’s Old Fort is located near Las Animas and is a living history reconstruction of the 1850s era fort and trading post.

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  • Buildings at Boggsville

    Restored by the local historical society and registered as an official site along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, the buildings here at Boggsville were constructed around 1860.

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  • Radio Sign Along the Byway

    The creation of a low-watt radio interpretive message was made possible along the Santa Fe Trail through a grant. Transmitters are located in three spots along the route and provide historic tales from life along the Trail.

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  • Map and Mural at Trinidad

    This mural and map depict many of the activities found along both the Santa Fe Trail and Highway of Legends.

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  • Interpretive Sign in Trinidad

    These interpretive signs provide pedestrians with a walking tour of historic structures in the Trinidad National Historic District.

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  • Holiday Shopping at the Palace of the Governors.

    American Indians line the Palace of the Governors selling Native American wares.

  • Wide Views of the World

    On a clear day along the Santa Fe Trail, drivers can see the sky meet the horizon of the land.

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  • Dinosaur Tracks

    Aerial view of the dinosaur tracks along the Purgatoire.

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  • Harvest Sunset

    Beautiful streaks of yellow, orange, gray and blue grace the sky, creating a stunning sunset on the Santa Fe Trail.

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  • Heritage Garden

    Flowers and lush greens surround a fountain at the Heritage Garden at the Trinidad History Museum.

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  • Picketwire Canyon

    A wildlife trail at Picketwire Canyon Overlook leads to Dinosaur Tracksite.

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  • Reenactment on the Santa Fe Trail

    Costumes and tents make the Bent's Fort Santa Fe Trail reenactment come to life.

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  • Dinosaur Tracks

    At North America's largest dinosaur track site, water fills the indents left by these large reptiles.

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  • Biking the Santa Fe

    Bikers riding the along the byway to Bent's Old Fort.

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  • Cannons and Living History at Bents Old Fort

    Three men in soldier uniforms re-enact a cannon-firing over water at Bents Old Fort.

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  • Ox Cart and Dust

    A man drives an ox cart over the dusty plains between Sierra Vista and Timpas on the Santa Fe Trail.

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  • Entry of Bents Old Fort

    The grand stone entryway of Bents Old Fort casts shadows over dry grass and dirt.

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  • Koshare Dancers in a Parade on Santa Fe Trail

    Koshare dancers get ready to dance in the streets during the Settlers Day Parade in La Junta.

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  • Purgatoire Bridge

    Green trees surround Purgatoire Bridge as it spans the river in Trinidad, CO.

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  • Iron Springs

    A dry, deserted landscape surrounds the Iron Springs interpretive site and trail ruts on the Comanche National Grasslands.

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  • Flag Bearers in Settlers Day Parade

    Flag-bearers ride horses down the street at the Settlers Day Parade in La Junta, Colorado.

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  • A Stretch of Highway 325

    Highway 325, surrounded by fields, stretches across the land near Capulin Volcano National Monument.

  • Raton Pass

    Beautiful colors and tall trees grace this view of Raton Pass.

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  • Santa Fe Southern Railway

    The Santa Fe Southern Railway rushes through the sagebrush-covered lands of New Mexico.

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  • Colt Ranch Express

    Visitors pose for pictures in front of a stagecoach at Colt Ranch.

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  • Auto Tour Sign

    An auto tour route sign on the Santa Fe Trail guides travelers along the road.

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  • Interpretive Sign at Iron Springs

    Interpretive Sign found at Iron Springs in Colorado. The sign overlooks large fields.

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  • Trailhead at Timpas

    The Timpas Trailhead in Colorado along the Santa Fe Trail, surrounded by spots of grass, a fence, and a misty blue sky, has informational signs and a pavilion.

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  • Victorian Garden at Baca Bloom Mansion

    Flora flourishes in the historic Victorian Garden at the Baca Bloom Mansion, part of the Trinidad History Museum and Santa Fe Trail Visitors Center.

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  • View From Raton Pass

    From atop Raton Pass on I-25, mountains lie scattered across the landscape below.

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  • Sunset Along the Santa Fe Trail

    A mesa's silhouette outlines the horizon as the sky fills with a clouded sunset.

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  • Trinidad History Museum

    Fresh green trees surround the Trinidad History Museum.

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  • Old Iron Springs Sign

    After the paint has washed off, this old sign for Iron Springs contrasts greatly with the new highway sign.

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  • Interpretive Sign on  the Riverwalk

    Green foliage surrounds the interpretive sign on the Kearney Encampment on the Riverwalk in Trinidad, CO.

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  • Riverwalk

    Lights line the sidewalk of the Kearney Encampment Riverwalk in summer.

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  • Winter Snows Blanket the Sandia Mountains

    A panoramic view of the Sandia Mountains after a heavy snow storm.

  • Purgatoire Riverwalk Nature Trail

    Nature encompasses the Purgatoire Riverwalk Nature Trail with its green foliage and trees.

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  • St. Francis Cathedral

    St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, New Mexico stands framed by two evergreen pines. Jean Baptiste Lamy, the First Archbishop of Santa Fe, built the cathedral.

  • Bloom Mansion

    A sign on the grounds of the Bloom Mansion indicates that the mansion, the Baca House, and the Pioneer Museum are run by the Colorado Historical Society.

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  • Kit Carson Park

    The archway sign of the Kit Carson Park in Trinidad, Colorado welcomes visitors with a boom!

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  • Koshare Circle Dancers

    Koshare Indian Dancers get ready to perform their circle dance at the Santa Fe Trail Days Festival in Trinidad, Colorado.

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  • Daughters of the American Revolution Marker at Timpas

    This resolute stone is one of the Daughters of the American Revolution markers. This particular stone is found at Timpas on the Comanche National Grasslands.

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  • Wagon Mound

    The Wagon Mound reaches 6,930 feet, earning its namesake because its profile is shaped like an oxen-drawn wagon. This famous Santa Fe Trail landmark sits on the horizon, past a wide golden field.

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  • Kit Carson Statue

    The Kit Carson Park Statue stands majestic above its surrounding fence.

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  • Bents Old Fort

    Bents Old Fort, once a beacon of the Old West, still stands as a beacon today.

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  • Koshare Dancers Drumming

    The Koshare Dancers play their drum at the Santa Fe Trail Days Festival in Trinidad, Colorado.

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  • Bent's Old Fort in the Spring

    Spring grasses surround the road which leads to Bent's Old Fort.

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  • Bent's Old Fort Lookout

    Looking at from Bent's Old Fort in the fall, autumn leaves can be seen on the trees surrounding the fort.

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  • Timpas Entry Sign

    A stone sign marks the entryway of Timpas Trail.

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  • Iron Springs Marker

    A sandstone marker stands alone amidst a vast desert at Iron Springs.

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  • The West Entrance of New Mexico's Capitol

    The New Mexico capitol building is shaped like the Zia sun symbol.

  • La Junta Skatepark

    Concrete curves and surrounding grass make the perfect skate park in La Junta, Colorado.

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  • Longhorn on the Santa Fe

    A cowboy rides a brown and white longhorn steer at Santa Fe Trail Days in Las Animas, CO.

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  • Cowboys and Longhorns

    Cowboys ride longhorn steers at Santa Fe Trail Days in Las Animas, Colorado.

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  • Statue in Santa Fe

    This Native American statue greets visitors as they enter Santa Fe.

  • New Mexico State Capitol Interior

    Flags hang above lit pillars in the interior of New Mexico's State Capitol building.

  • Santa Fe National Forest

    Slender trees stretch toward the sky in the Santa Fe National Forest.

  • Hikers at Longs Canyon Trailhead

    Happy hikers grace Longs Canyon Trailhead during their watchable wildlife tour of Trinidad Lake State Park.

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  • Costumes and Koshare Dancers

    Koshare Dancers strut their stuff in ornate costumes during the Santa Fe Trail Days Festival in Trinidad, Colorado.

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  • Riding Longhorns

    A man rides a brown longhorn past a jewelry vendor at the Santa Fe Trail Days in Las Animas, CO.

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  • Bents Old Fort in Winter

    Dry grasses grace the fields outside of Bents Old Fort during the winter.

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  • Lofty View of Interpretive Signs

    From far away the interpretive signs, which are surrounded by the Comanche National Grasslands, look very small.

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  • Colorado Welcome Center

    Three black panels compose a veteran's memorial on the grounds of the Colorado Welcome Center in Trinidad.

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  • Green Spring on the Santa Fe

    Spring comes in green on the Santa Fe after the snow melts.

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  • Roadrunner in Field on Santa Fe Trail

    A roadrunner can be seen among green and faded grass in a field on the Santa Fe Trail.

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  • Roadrunner in the Winter

    A roadrunner darts across winter grasses in a snowy field on the Santa Fe Trail.

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  • Arkansas River

    Brilliant green foliage surrounds the banks of the Arkansas River on the Santa Fe Trail.

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  • Rooftop Views

    Bent's Old Fort overlooks the surrounding courtyard.

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  • Fall at Raton Pass

    Beautiful autumn colors abound at Raton Pass, near Trinidad, CO in the fall.

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  • Firehouse in Trinidad

    A historic firehouse in Trinidad, Colorado stands as a beacon to travelers on the Santa Fe Trail of days gone by.

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  • House at Otero Museum

    This small log home stands at the Otero Museum in Trinidad, CO.

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  • Admiring the Iridium

    Trinidad Lake State Park sports a beautiful iridium layer along the Longs Canyon Watchable Wildlife Trail.

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  • Sunset on the Grasslands

    The sun sets perfectly over a shaded set of interpretive signs on the Comanche National Grasslands.

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  • Buildings and Riverwalk

    The Trinidad River Walk is surrounded by tall buildings on one side and nature on the other.

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  • Trinidad River Walk Park

    The Trinidad River Walk park provides a great place to play on green grass and fun play equipment.

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  • Free Trolley Ride of El Corazon

    A shiny red and black trolley waits to give free rides to visitors in Trinidad, CO.

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  • View of Fishers Peak

    Fishers Peak can be seen from the highway as clouds haze around the mountain.

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  • Living History at Bents Old Fort

    Two visitors talk to an actor portraying a soldier at Bents Old Fort.

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  • Walking Past an Interpretive Sign at Sand Creek

    This interpretive sign, designed to bring Native American traditions to mind, describes the state of the Indian camps around the time of the Sand Creek Massacre.

  • Memorials at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

    This carved stone monument marks the site of the 1864 battle/massacre at Sand Creek. In this photo, a red cloth wrapped around a tall stick also stands as a more personal memorial placed by an unknown person.

  • Visiting Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

    Visitors take in the vast openness of the battlefield at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.

  • Sagebrush and Grasses of the Sand Creek Plains

    The low brush and trees where the Sand Creek Massacre occurred stretch to the horizon.

  • Otero Schoolhouse and Museum

    The Otero Schoolhouse, built as a log cabin, remains intact. Today it functions as a museum.

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  • View of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

    Find peaceful serenity along a backdrop of grasses gently blowing in the wind at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in Colorado.

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  • Iron Sculpture at Sand Creek

    The iron sculpture of a Cheyenne Indian stands on a hill overlooking the site of the Sand Creek Massacre.

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