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Santa Fe Trail Tracks

West Highway 50, Dodge City, KS
620-225-8186
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Ranked #13 of 20 attractions in Dodge City
Type: Historic Sites
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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Kansas City, Kansas
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102 reviews 102 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

It doesn't take long, but, it is neat to see the actual trail and Soule's Canal remnants. I went at sunset and it was a very peaceful place to watch the sunset and learn a little history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

Nice walkway and markers explaining points of interest regarding the old pioneers trail. Parking area nice and neat to get to see the actual ruts from the wagon wheels that crossed the praire over 150 years ago opening up the west to expansion. It represents an era or American history that is nice to experience while it lasts. Awesome sunset... More

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Denver, Colorado
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Looking out at the end of the trail you can see the tracks and ruts when the light is right. Our kids loved the chance to see where the covered wagons went and get an idea of what they faced.

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Grafenwohr, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

You could just picture the wagons working their way across the prairie! We were happy to have our kids there to see a part of history.

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Hugoton, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

The best time to visit is early morning or as the sun is sinking. People have trouble seeing the trail tracks because they are over 150 years old. Also most people are taught wagon trains rolled down the trail in single file formations as seen in movies. That caused too much dust for those who followed. So the real wagon... More

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Centennial, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

The time to visit this site is when the sun is low as it is hard to distinguish the tracks. The variety of vegetation and color will show where the tracks are located. It is the longest continuous stretch of clearly defined ruts. Worth the stop, esp for the info marker and walk.

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Sterling, KS
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12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

If this is the correct site, it is located west of Dodge City just off the highway on a hill top. You are likely to see cattle grazing on the land. This is Its a lovely site, albeit VERY WINDY most of the time. There are several panels and signs to read, and a gazebo for resting, but I must... More

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Clinton
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

unable to identify wagon tracks was very disappointing.

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St. Louis
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55 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

We walked to the top of the hill where the tracks were supposed to be but we couldn't see them. It is a great view of the Arkansas River valley from the spot, though. The wind in Kansas is really incredible!

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Cardiff
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

We started to cris-cross the Santa Fe Trail on Hwy 56 south of McPherson, KS en route to Dodge City, KS. I later learned that just N of the Hwy 50 & 56 junction, there is an excellent section of the trail maintained by members of the SF Trail association that has excellent markers and a map, but that will... More

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