Las Animas County, Colorado

Towns and Villages in
Las Animas County

Attractions in
Las Animas County

Huerfano County, Colorado

Towns and Villages in
Huerfano County

Attractions in
Huefano County


Southern Colorado
Your Guide to Las Animas County and Huerfano County in Southern Colorado

Santa Fe Trail marker place by the Daughters of the American Revolution in Trinidad's Kit Carson Park. Photo courtesy of R. Michael Babnick Photography.

Santa Fe Trail National Scenic & Historic Byway

The Santa Fe Trail served as a trade route between Missouri and the Mexican frontiers from 1821 to 1880. The Mountain Branch was traveled by caravans of traders, often with four horses abreast. Although the Mountain Branch was 100 miles longer than the Cimarron Route, and the climb over Raton Pass was difficult, the Mountain Route was preferred since water was more accessible and it was less vulnerable to Indian attacks. In 1987 the Santa Fe Trail was designated by Congress as a National Historic Trail. Heritage travelers visit today to discover the magic and retrace authentic steps taken by merchants and traders on the way to Santa Fe. Recreate life along the Trail by visiting historic trading posts like Bent's Old Fort and Boggsville; stage coach ruins, visible wagon ruts, graves, ruins of Trail-era ranches and statues and monuments commemorating famous characters of the west.

Map courtesy of Santa Fe Trail National Scenic & Historic Byway

The Santa Fe Trail goes through the brick streets of Trinidad, through quaint rural farm towns and the cities of Lamar, La Junta, and Las Animas, all of which have wonderful historic buildings which tell the stories of merchants, cattlemen, railroad developers and miners. Men and women built empires from the Santa Fe Trail; historic figures like Kit Carson, the Bent brothers, Bat Masterson and Billy the kid - add to it's wild west charm. History is plentiful and provides a romantic backdrop along this 184 mile corridor of culture and beauty of Colorado's Santa Fe Trail. The Santa Fe Trail beckons you to explore the wide variety of adventure and recreational opportunities in water sports, hiking, biking, fishing, wildlife viewing and hunting. Some our nations most treasured secrets still lie here on the Mountain Branch of Colorado's Santa Fe Trail.

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Cities and Towns near Santa Fe Trail National Scenic & Historic Byway

Trinidad.  Trinidad, Colorado is the county seat of Las Animas County. Located between exits 11 and 15 on the I-25 at the foot of Fisher's Peak (elevation: 9,665 ft.)

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