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Phone
Phone 1:
719-553-1400
Phone 2:
719-553-1404
Address
Pike & San Isabel National Forest
2840 Kachina Drive
Pueblo, CO 81008
Basics
Length:
19 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Time:
7 - 8 hours
Season:
Year Round

Description

This trail parallels the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, which served as a primary trade route between Franklin, MO and Santa Fe, NM during the mid-1800’s. The companion trail closely follows the existing remnants of the Santa Fe Trail, and consists of a grassy trace across the prairie. Sagebrush and cacti have been removed to make the trail sufficiently evident to the hiker without noticeably altering the prairie vistas.

Established camping is available at the Cimarron Recreation Area. Dispersed camping is permitted throughout the Grassland, with the exceptions of the Cimarron Recreation Area, Point of Rocks and the Cottonwood and Middle Springs Picnic Grounds.

Length:
19 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Time:
7 - 8 hours
Season:
Year Round
Additional Details:

The eastern terminus of the Companion Trail is the Conestoga Trailhead located 3 miles east of the Wilburton Crossing on FS 600 (FS 600 parallels the Cimarron River to the north side), then 2 miles north

Western terminus is the Murphy trailhead, about 7 miles west of highway 27 on FS 600. To reach the Murphy trailhead, take FS 600 west where it crosses highway 27. Follow for approximately 7 miles the trailhead is on the north side of FS 600.

Easy to moderate. The terrain varies between primarily flat prairie land, occasional draws, and the relatively gradual incline up to and down from Point of Rocks.

Motorized vehicles are not permitted on this trail. Use is limited to bicycle, foot, wheelchair, horse, draft and pack stock, and wagon travel. The trail is not paved, compacted or leveled, and is sandy in some places.

Potable water is available at the Cimarron Recreation Area, and the Cottonwood and Middle Springs Picnic Grounds. Hikers are advised to carry their own water. Stock water is available at the trailheads and occasionally at windmills situated across the Grassland.

The Santa Fe Trail also extends across the Comanche National Grassland and the Kiowa National Grassland. The Comanche National Grassland has several National Historic Trail Sites.

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