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Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway

Basics
Location:
Southeastern Colorado, between Trinidad and Holly near the Kansas border.
Setting:
Flat to Hilly
Surface:
Paved
Length:
Colorado segment: 170 miles, Entire Byway: 565 miles
Time:
Colorado segment: 3 hours
Entire route: 1 to 2 days
Season:
Year-round

Description

Tracing the route of one of the West's most famous trails, this byway passes several important historic sites in Colorado before continuing south into the desert of New Mexico.

Details

Location:
Southeastern Colorado, between Trinidad and Holly near the Kansas border.
Setting:
Flat to Hilly
Surface:
Paved
Length:
Colorado segment: 170 miles, Entire Byway: 565 miles
The complete byway continues south to Santa Fe, and includes a leg to northeastern New Mexico.
Time:
Colorado segment: 3 hours
Entire route: 1 to 2 days
Main Roads:
US-350 E and US-50 E
Season:
Year-round
Camping Info
Trinidad State Park, John Martin Reservoir State Park

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