During your visit to northeastern New Mexico, enjoy the scenic beauty while taking part in the many outdoor recreational opportunities along the Santa Fe Trail. Immerse yourself in the fascinating history and archeology, and visit a local museum or library.
Thank you for visiting the New Mexico Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway website. There are many websites which tell the history of the Santa Fe Trail, and although we share a little bit of the history on this website, its main purpose is to give visitors an idea of what there is to see along the trail today. Many communities grew along the Santa Fe Trail in northeastern New Mexico in order to provide goods, services, food, shelter and water to the many wagon trains passing through. As the wagon trains gave way to the railroad, mining and cattle became important to life on the trail. Today, cattle remain, but traveling the highways and byways by automobiles is now the main mode of transportation, and art, recreation and culture are major attractions. And of course, Santa Fe itself is considered one of the top three art destinations in the world.
If you are interested in learning more about the New Mexico Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway, one of America’s Byways, please visit our Byway Info page.