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Santa Fe Trail Tracks

West Highway 50, Dodge City, KS
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Ranked #7 of 20 Attractions in Dodge City
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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Wichita, Kansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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113 reviews 113 reviews
32 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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Kingwood, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
45 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We weren't able to find the tracks since it was summer and everything is overgrown, but oh those swaying grasses!! There were barn swallows nesting above the exhibits and grasshoppers bounded on the fields. We stayed almost an hour just because it was so lovely!

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McKinney, Texas
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183 reviews 183 reviews
43 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Between the 1820's and 1870's thousands of covered wagons transversed the Santa Fe Trail which started in Independence, MO and ended in Santa Fe, NM. At this location, one can actually seem the remnants of the ruts created by these wagons. As an added bonus, standing on top of the hill, you can see forever across the Kansas plains.

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