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Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial

In 2021 the Santa Fe Trail celebrated its bicentennial.  Consider including the Santa Fe Trail in your Kansas Day activities.  Resources are provided here to help plan your unique event.

The Santa Fe Trail was once the most important route between the Missouri River and Santa Fe. Traders, freighters, the military, and gold seekers heading to Pikes Peak all used the Santa Fe Trail at some point between 1821 and 1880, and two-thirds of the Trail's the route lay in Kansas.

Enrichment Activities


Lesson Plans


Virtual Classroom Nearpod.com lesson



What do we know about the Santa Fe Trail? series - Intermediate grades

Learning about the Santa Fe Trail with Primary Sources, series - Intermediate, Middle, and High School


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