Raton Pass, at the border of present-day New Mexico and Colorado, was one of the most important, yet treacherous, segments of the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail. The pass cut through the snow-capped Sangre de Cristo Mountains, allowing wagons access to the vast western territory. Today, Raton Pass is a National Historic Landmark and is located along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. The pass is located five miles north of Raton, NM and offers a rewarding opportunity for reflection, fantastic scenery and historic markers along the way.
The Santa Fe Trail was the most important route to the West from the Missouri River to Santa Fe, New Mexico, before the era of the railroads. With this Self-Drive Package explore its main states and emblematic cities. Start in Missouri, visiting Kansas City (known for its barbecue, jazz heritage and fountains), then, continue to Kansas State, with a stay in Dodge City (the gateway to the "West" history, became a rowdy town famous for its saloons, outlaws, and Boot Hill Cemetery). After that, drive to New Mexico, spending unforgettable moments in Raton Pass (was one of the most important, segments of the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail), and finally, Santa Fe (New Mexico's state capital city). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
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Kansas City– Topeka: 1hrs 2 min approx.
Topeka- Dodge City: 4 hr 16 min approx.
Dodge City- Pueblo: 4 hrs 43min approx.
Pueblo- Raton Pass, CO: 1 hr. 26 mins. approx.
Raton Pass- Santa Fe: 2 hr 37 mins. Approx.