Santa Fe Trail Map

Overview

The Santa Fe Trail’s beauty and scenic views gives justice to New Mexico’s nickname, the “land of enchantment.” View historic sites along the byway that clue visitors in to what it must have been like to travel along this route. Take in a piece of history as you explore one of our nation’s first and most important trade routes – serving to connect Missouri to the Mexican Frontier. Enjoy everything from galleries and gift shops to outdoor adventure and sparkling lakes.

300 miles / 483 km (approximately) in the New Mexico section of the byway; 480 miles / 772.5 km total in both Colorado and New Mexico sections of the byway.

Key Attractions

  • Santa Fe National Forest – green, lush forest that is refreshingly beautiful and a surprise in typical arid New Mexico

  • Hermit Peak - a beautiful scenic landscape that hangs over the Santa Fe Trail

  • Museums and historic sites – view a list here, including the Santa Fe Trail museum in Springer, NM and Fort Union, NM

  • Art galleries and gift shops in most communities, including Santa Fe, NM – one of the most well-known, art-centers of the world

  • Golfing, horseback riding, fishing, camping, hiking, boating, and biking

    • Sugarite Canyon State Park - a beautiful park that has prime lakes, walking trails, historic exhibits, and campsites

    • Storrie Lake State Park – 1,200 acres of lake perfect for windsurfing, waterskiing, boating, and trout fishing

    • The Santa Fe Trail Scenic Byway is a mecca for recreation - other parks and recreational areas include: Canadian River Canyon, Charette Lakes, Cimarron Canyon State Park, Clayton Lake State Park, Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge, the NRA Whittington Center, Pecos National Historic Park, Pecos Wilderness, Santa Fe National Forest, Villanueva State Park, etc.

Location

  • 174 miles from Denver, CO; 60 miles from Albuquerque, NM; located from Santa Fe, NM/ the northeastern section of NM to the southeastern section of CO (for directions to the byway from these cities, visit this website)

  • Driving directions:

    • View the directions for the byway in Colorado

    • The New Mexico sections

      • CO/NM Border to Springer, NM

        • The New Mexico section of the Santa Fe Trail begins on I-25 at the New Mexico state line

        • Take I-25 south to Raton

        • In Raton, continue following I-25 south

        • Merge onto US-64 west

        • Follow US-64 south to Cimarron

        • In Cimarron, US-64 turns into Kit Carson Hwy and 10th St

        • Turn left onto NM-21 and go to Springer, where the byway branches south and east

      • Springer, NM to NM/OK Border
        • Take US-56 east to the junction with NM-453

        • Take NM-453 north to Grenville

        • In Grenville turn east onto US-64 and travel to Clayton

        • In Clayton get onto US-56 for a short journey east to the junction with NM-406

        • Turn north on NM-406 and follow the road to the NM-OK border

      • Springer, NM to Santa Fe, NM
        • Start in Springer at the junction of NM-21 and Maxwell Ave

        • Travel south along Maxwell Ave and take on-ramp to I-25

        • Continue traveling south on I-25 through Wagon Mound

        • Travel southwest on I-25 and exit onto NM-161

        • Travel northwest on NM-161 to the Fort Union National Monument

        • Return to I-25 and travel southwest

        • Exit onto NM-161 and travel northwest through Golondrinas, past Riner Lake

        • At the junction with NM-518, the byway branches north and south

        • Travel north on NM-518 to La Cueva

        • Return south on NM-518 to the junction with NM-161 and continue south on NM-518 to Las Vegas

        • From there, get on US-85 and go through Romerville, Tecolote, and Bernal

        • In Bernal, continue on US-85 to Rowe

        • At Rowe, exit onto NM-63 and go to Pecos

        • In Pecos, take NM-50 west and merge with US-85

        • Continue on US-85 and take off-ramp to US-285

        • Exit onto NM-300/Old Las Vegas Hwy

        • Travel northwest on Old Las Vegas Hwy to Co Rd 67C

        • Continue northeast and take a left onto Old Santa Fe Trail

        • Continue north on Old Santa Fe Trail until the junction with E Alameda St in Santa Fe where the byway ends

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