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The Historic Santa Fe Trail Mountain Route (Self Drive)

12 to 18+ Nights from $1,592*
* This sample price: priced within the past 7 days for arrival on 9/1/2024. Choose your own arrival dates.

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This 12 night sample itinerary includes:

  • Rental Car for 13 days
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Kansas City, MO
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Topeka
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Dodge City
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Pueblo
  • Hotel for 1 night in Raton Pass
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Santa Fe
  • Driving Time
    Kansas City– Topeka: 1 hr. 2 mins. approx.
    Topeka- Dodge City: 4 hrs. 16 mins. approx.
    Dodge City- Pueblo: 4 hrs 43 mins. approx.
    Pueblo- Raton Pass: 1 hr. 26 mins. approx.
    Raton Pass- Santa Fe: 2 hrs. 37 mins. Approx.

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 Topeka and Dodge City (the gateway to the -West- history, became a rowdy town famous for its saloons, outlaws, and Boot Hill Cemetery), then, visit Colorado with a stay in the beautiful Pueblo. After that, drive to New Mexico, spending unforgettable moments in Raton Pass and Santa Fe (New Mexico's state capital city, considered one of the great art cities, due to its many art galleries and installations). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

Flexible Itinerary

  • Kansas City, MO

  • Topeka, KS

  • Dodge City, KS

  • Pueblo, CO

  • Raton Pass, NM

  • Santa Fe, NM

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Trip Summary

  • Kansas City, MO

    Kansas City sits on Missouri's western edge, straddling the border with Kansas. It's known for its barbecue, jazz heritage and fountains. Downtown, the American Jazz Museum shares a building with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with giant shuttlecocks out front, houses nearly 40,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary collections.

    Explore The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Worlds of Fun, Kansas City Zoo, National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, American Jazz Museum and much more.

  • Topeka, KS

    Topeka is the capital city of Kansas. The domed, neoclassical State Capitol has murals and statues. Photos and exhibits at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site commemorate the 1954 Supreme Court decision to end racial segregation in schools. The Kansas Museum of History features an 1880s locomotive. Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site has a mansion, 1890s schoolhouse and botanical garden.

    Explore the Brown V. Board of Education National Historic Site, Kansas State Capitol Visitor Center, Kansas Museum of History, Topeka Zoo, Evel Knievel Museum, Gage Park, Combat Air Museum and much more.

  • Dodge City, KS

    Dodge City is in southwest Kansas. Boot Hill Museum celebrates the city's frontier past with a recreated Old West street, gunfight re-enactments and historic buildings, like the former Fort Dodge jail. Located at the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame, the Gunfighters Wax Museum features life-size sculptures of legendary figures Wyatt Earp and Sitting Bull. The Home of Stone Museum retains its original 1881 furnishings.

    Explore the Boot Hill Museum, Wright Park Zoo, Wright Park, Ford County Lake and much more.

  • Pueblo, CO

    Situated a short 30-minutes outside Colorado Springs and nestles on the Arkansas River, Pueblo is a thriving town that values culture and arts and recreation. The city's Creative Corridor runs through three historic neighborhoods, filled with galleries, museums, fountains, live music and other arts festivities. Pueblo is also a fantastic location, just a short drive from world class skiing, mountain biking, hiking, climbing and a variety of other outdoor activities.

    Explore the Riverwalk, Indulge in the Local Cuisine, Discover the Arts and Culture Scene, Stroll Through Union Avenue Historic District, Venture outdoors to Lake Pueblo State Park, Go Whitewater Rafting, Explore Buell Children's Museum, and so much more!

  • Raton Pass, NM

    The Raton Pass has served as an important transportation corridor since at least the start of the Santa Fe Trail in 1821. The pass has often been seen as a symbol of the trail’s hardships and of the boundary between Anglo and Hispanic cultures. The majority of the Trail followed one path, eventually splitting up into two branches in western Kansas: the Cimarron Route and the Mountain Branch. For some, discovering the Santa Fe Trail is a rewarding opportunity for reflection, while others enjoy the fantastic scenery it provides while uncovering the historical markers along the way.

    Explore the Santa Fe Trail, Sugarite Canyon State Park, Raton Museum, Trinidad History Museum, Outdoor Adventure, and so much more.

  • Santa Fe, NM

    The picturesque city of Santa Fe is a vibrant and charming location, one of the worlds top travel destinations. Nestled between the mountains and the desert, the city is known for its scenic beauty and endless opportunities for outdoor activities. Discover the cities music and arts and entertainment scene with the Santa Fe Opera, interesting museums, and festivals like the Fiesta de Santa Fe. New Mexicos capital city, provides visitors with fantastic desert landscapes, incredible sightseeing opportunities, and cultural exposure that reminds us of what America is all about.

    Explore the Georgia Ofeeffe Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis od Assisi, Santa Fe Plaza, Loretto Chapel and much more.

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