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Designation: National Scenic Byway
Designation: New Mexico State Scenic Byway
Length, One-Way: 381 Miles (635.0 Kilometers)
Time: 8 Hours


General Information

Description - The Santa Fe Trail was the first of America's great Trans-Mississippi routes. The trail, including the Mountain and Cimarron routes, crossed over 1,200 miles from Franklin, Missouri, to Santa Fe, New Mexico. From 1821 to 1880, it was an important two-way avenue for commerce and cultural exchange among Spanish, Indian, and American cultures.

The area around the Santa Fe Trail boasts over 20 Historic Districts and over 30 individual sites that are recorded on the National Register of Historic Places. Most of these sites are directly related to the Santa Fe Trail.

Attractions - The Santa Fe Trail - New Mexico is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : There are several ways to get to this byway:

  • You can access the Santa Fe Trail from the north and south by I-25. From Oklahoma and Texas, enter New Mexico on Highways 56 and 87, respectively. Begin the byway on I-25 at the New Mexico State Line and go to Raton. In Raton, follow Moulton St. to Second St., and then go to U.S. 64. Follow U.S. 64 south to Cimarron, and then get on NM 21. Follow NM 21 to Springer.

  • Cimarron Route: You can begin on NM 410 northeast of Clayton and go to the junction with 406. Take 406 to U.S. 56, then follow U.S. 56 to Clayton. From Clayton, take U.S. 64 to Grenville. In Grenville, get on NM 453 and take it to the junction of U.S. 56, which you follow to Springer.

  • Joined Trail: You can start in Springer and take U.S. 85 to Wagon Mound, and then get on NM 120 and go to Watrous. In Watrous, get on NM 161 and follow it through Fort Union and on to Buena Vista. Once you are in Buena Vista, get on NM 518 and go to Las Vegas-Grand Ave. From there, get on U.S. 85 and go through Romerville, Tecolote, and Bernal. In Bernal, get on NM 3 and go through San Miguel del Vado, San Jose, and Rowe. Get on NM 63 in Rowe and go to Pecos National Park, then take NM 50 to Pecos. In Pecos, get on I-25 and go to Canoncito. From there, take U.S. 85 to Canada de los Alamos, and then go on to County Road 67 C. Take 67C to Santa Fe Plaza.


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Additional Information:
New Mexico Scenic Byways - New Mexico boasts numerous scenic byways and historic trails, six of which are national level byways. Billy the Kid Trail, El Camino Real, Historic Route 66, Jemez Mountain Trail, Santa Fe Trail and Turquoise Trail are all National Scenic Byways in New Mexico.

Links:
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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