0200. Santa Fe

A large stone monument in the middle of sidewalk radiating into trails in several different directions. The park has green grass, large trees, and picnic benches.
Santa Fe Plaza

Welcome to Santa Fe, where three historic trails meet at the historic Santa Fe Plaza! Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the US, founded in 1610, and the highest US capital at 7,000 feet.

We recommend that you start at the Santa Fe Plaza, the hub of the southwest connecting the Santa Fe Trail with the Old Spanish Trail, and El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. All three are national historic trails.

You can follow the Santa Fe Trail Walking Tour (Stop 201) to visit sites within the historic core of the city.


Please remember that the high elevation of the city can cause altitude sickness - nausea, dizziness, headaches - and one way to avoid it is to drink extra water. Visitors also need to wear protective clothing, since the elevation causes your skin to burn more quickly.

Orientation to the City of Santa Fe

For an orientation to Santa Fe, please review the following materials.

Santa Fe - Official Travel Site

New Mexico True

Nearby Parks

There are two national parks within a two hour radius of Santa Fe and two of them have historical connections to the Santa Fe Trail:

Pecos National Historical Park

Fort Union National Monument

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail has an online Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary that you can follow. There is information about the trail as well as a "List of Sites" in the left menu bar. There is also a gateway stop in this tour for the itinerary - Stop 2000.