Selected Towns, Historical Sites, and Points of Interest
Three trail tours are planned for the 2021 Santa Fe Trail Symposium. A brief description
of the tours is given below, as well as links to more details about each tour. Registration
for the tours is open to the general public as well as Santa Fe Trail Association
members. Please note that Tag-alongs will not be permitted.
Trail Tour 1: They Followed the Water
Thursday, September 23rd
This 5.5 hour round trip tour will start at La Junta, and travel southwest along
highway 350 as far as Thatcher, Colorado. The tour will make stops at historic Sierra
Vista, Hole in The Rock, a wagon track site, Iron Springs and at Timpas Creek. For
more particulars about Trail Tour 1.
Trail Tour 2: Headed Back to Independence
Friday, September 24th
Trail Tour 2 is an all day, 9-hour tour starting at La Junta and traveling eastward
as far as Bent’s New Fort. Stops will be made at Fort Lyon II, a wagon rut site,
Bent’s New Fort/Fort Wise/Fort Lyon I, and winding up the tour at Bent’s Old Fort.
Some moderate/uphill walking is required. For more particulars about Trail Tour 2.
Trail Tour 2.
Trail Tour 3: Walking in the Footsteps of the Past