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Santa Fe Trail Tracks

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Address: West Highway 50, Dodge City, KS
Phone Number: 620-225-8186
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, these wagon wheel rut...

Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, these wagon wheel rut formations dating from the nineteenth century can be clearly seen today.

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I made that my title as we couldn't find it! Go west from Dodge City. Pass the feed mill & the ranch with the picture of the Virgin Mary. The tracks will be on the right. Very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 27, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

The site is full of history, however, the ruts that are mentioned in the explanation are no longer visible. It is worth the stop to look and take a photo, but don't expect much of an overwhelming experience.

Thank TeamDwyer1999
Rural MB, Canada
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11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

You will need to use your imagination a bit here as the tracks are not very visible at midday. Maybe in different lighting they may show up better. Still was an enjoyable stop reading the plaques and imagining what it must have been like heading west close to 200 years ago.

Thank William M M
Hamilton, Ohio
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

I prefer something "real" to restorations so I was very excited to go see "the ruts." The day was very windy. I thought that added to the mystique. My friend thought it added to the misery. We really aren't sure what we saw. I pretended what I was seeing were the ruts. Even so, it was just nice to see... More 

Thank Barbian
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Our guide was able to point out the tracks, and share the history. Very enlightening experience, of what the people went through trying to go west.

Thank PhyllisW383
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124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

I made that my title as we couldn't find it! Go west from Dodge City. Pass the feed mill & the ranch with the picture of the Virgin Mary. The tracks will be on the right. Very historical & something need to be a part of.

Thank AnOkieTraveler
Tombstone, Arizona
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Nice walk into the prairie to see the trail...not very visible at 5:00 in October, however. It's more visible during different times of the day.

Thank Jess1954
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Just west of town. It is not manned but the history is interesting and the view is a good one of Kansas

1 Thank Kira-nerece
Hilltop Lakes, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

The tracks are a bit hard to discern, and a little walking is required, but the are several informative signs to get a good understanding of what this trial meant to early america

Thank James G
Monroeville, Pennsylvania
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117 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Easy to get to and pull-off to take a short walk up the knoll to see the Santa Fe Train tracks. Can be difficult to identify exactly where the ruts are. Still a nice quick stop as you are passing through.

1 Thank RMabe_PA
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23 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed stopping here. Very informative markers and pleasant walk. We feel sure we saw the wagon tracks. It was very moving to watch the prairie grasses sway in the breeze and think about the hardships of those who came before us. And there is no charge.

1 Thank jolyblonde

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