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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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Description: 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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Best thing in Dodge City

This is the only worthwhile attraction in Dodge City, in my opinion. We went in January and the ruts in the ground were very obvious. There were some great interpretive panels... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This is the only worthwhile attraction in Dodge City, in my opinion. We went in January and the ruts in the ground were very obvious. There were some great interpretive panels that explained the basics about the Santa Fe trail and what we were looking at. I found it quite moving to be able to see such clear evidence of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

Remember that the last wagon trains were about 150 years ago and the land was farmed, grazed or both in succeeding years. As a result,ANY evidence remaining is amazing. Even if you don't quite see the ruts (early or late Sun is best), stand there and picture WALKING for 900 miles across this land. The normal temperature difference between high(late... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

A person has to walk up the hill to see the wagon tracks. It is easily seen and there are markers telling about them. Great to see and visit!

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Dodge City, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

These are west of Dodge City and you walk up a little hill to see a few faint trails where wagons were on the trail. Difficult to tell what you are seeing, and some are just darker places in the dirt or different color in the grass. Kinda OK for about 5 minutes if you are interested in this.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The trails are visible from an overlook. There is a boardwalk across the prairie land. You cannot get up close to the tracks. It was windy and cold when we visited. Can't imagine the life the pioneers lived and the conditions the encountered.

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Corydon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This area of Kansas had more rain than usual this year so the grass was tall and it was very difficult to figure out where the trail actually was but the signage was very nicely done and helped us see where they trail once was.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I could see at least three paths that the wagons took and could imagine what it might have been like crossing the prairie, so windy and desolate. Glad I took the time to visit the spot, just a few minutes from our hotel.

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Rockville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Clean air, nice vistas, and a great sense of the challenges and adventures between 1820 and 1880 along this historically important trade route. The wildflowers and prairie grass accent the spaces between the old and slowly fading wagon ruts.

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Georgetown, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Went to see the trail tracks from the old wagons going west. Cannot imagine the tenacity and courage that those people had. Just a tip..go early in the day during summer. Sure is hot there in August in middle of afternoon.

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Wasn't alot of hupla at the stop, but since I am a history buff, and had ancestors come across the plains on the Santa Fe trail.... I was so exciting to see the tracks that they actually made and know that I was able to be where they traveled...

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