Santa Fe Trail
DAY 1 – ARRIVALS
Airport transfers. Welcome dinner. Overnight: Kansas City, MO (D)
DAY 2 – KANSAS CITY AREA
Visit the National Frontier Trails Center, which sits right on the original spring where pioneers and muleskinners filled their water barrels for the journey ahead. Visit the Arabia Steamboat Museum, to see supplies identical to those carried over the trail by Santa Fe trail drivers. At Fort Leavenworth, view actual wagon ruts. Tour the Frontier Army Museum. Overnight: Kansas City, MO. (B,L)
DAY 3 – SHAWNEE INDIAN MISSION SCHOOL / ALEXANDER MAJORS HOME
Tour the famous Shawnee Indian Mission School and Alexander Majors home. End the day with an authentic pioneer meal and living history interpretation of life on the trail. Kansas City, MO (B,D)
DAY 4 – MAHAFFIE FARMSTEAD / KANSAS STATE MUSEUM OF HISTORY
Visit the Mahaffie Farmstead and Stagecoach Stop which served commercial travelers along the Santa Fe Trail. Visit the Kansas State Museum of History. Overnight: Council Grove, KS. (B, D)
DAY 5 – FORT LARNED
Interpretive tour of Fort Larned, one of the best preserved frontier military forts in the country. Visit Pawnee Rock, the midpoint on the trail and site of numerous and deadly Indian attacks. Overnight: Garden City, KS. (B)
DAY 6 – BENTS OLD FORT / KOSHARE INDIAN MUSEUM
Tour Bents Old Fort, the center of trading activities between 1833 and 1849. Visit the Koshare Indian Museum, view a demonstration of Indian dancing. Overnight: La Junta, CO (B, D)
DAY 7 –BADA HOUSE / FORT UNION
Tour the Baca House in Trinidad, built by a Santa Fe Trail merchant right on the trail in 1870, and visit Fort Union, the largest and most important military fort along the trail. Overnight: Las Vegas, NM. (B)
DAY 8 – PECOS PUEBLO / END OF THE TRAIL
Pecos Pueblo, a major landmark on the Santa Fe Trail, was already a ruin when the first Santa Fe Trail wagons rolled past in 1821. In Santa Fe we’ll have time to explore the famous shops lining the plaza before our festive farewell dinner. Overnight: Santa Fe, NM (B, D)
DAY 9 – DEPARTURES
Airport transfers provided to Albuquerque. (B)
NOTE: Times and order of events are subject to change.
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Duration: 9 Days
Dates: You Pick!
When William Becknell took his first load of trade goods west over what would come to be called the Santa Fe Trail, he was following Indian paths which had been used for centuries for commerce and annual migrations. The year was 1821 and his profit margin (an incredible 2,000%) sealed the fate of the once tranquil thoroughfare.
The 900-mile route starts in Independence, Missouri, crosses the plains of Kansas, over the dreaded Raton Pass of the Mountain Route in Colorado, and into the trail’s namesake on this 9-day interpretive tour.
Capture the romance and adventure of this exciting American drama as we head the wagons westward once again along the Santa Fe Trail!
Begins in Kansas City and ends in Albuquerque.
The price is variable and dependent upon what you'd like included (# of meals, airfare, etc.) and any adjustments to itinerary.
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