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Santa Fe "Companion" Trail


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Santa Fe The Cimarron National Grassland near Elkhart, Kansas, contains 23 miles of the Santa Fe Trail's Cimarron Route, the longest Trail segment on public land. A 19-mile "companion" trail, a mowed swath across the prairie, parallels the actual Trail route, and was constructed for non-motorized traffic. Two trailheads provide drinking water, restroom facilities, vehicle and trailer parking, stock unloading facilities and ramps for mounting and dismounting horses.

In 1996, the Morton County Historical Museum was designated as an Official Interpretive Facility for the Santa Fe Historical Trail by the National Parks Service.



Mural displayed painted by Charles Goslin, June 1997

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Santa Fe "Companion" Trail

The Cimarron National Grassland near Elkhart, Kansas, contains 23 miles of the Santa Fe Trail's Cimarron Route, the longest Trail segment on public land. A 19-mile "companion"

Elkhart, KS Natural Attractions

Whistle Stop Park

The newest city park, Whistle Stop Park, runs parallel to the railroad tracks of Elkhart and covers 23.5 acres. Located along Highway 56

Elkhart, KS Recreation


Tri-State Marker

Visitors will want to see "8 Mile Corner", where the states of Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma meet. It is located eight miles west of Elkhart on the State Line Road.

Elkhart, KS Markers

Morton County Historical Society Museum

A visit to the Morton County Historical Museum is an exploration in history. As you enter the museum, you will note the beautiful paintings around the room, depicting the history of Morton County. All are painted by local artists, reflecting pride in sturdy pioneer ancestors.

Elkhart, KS Museums

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Indian Mound

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Middle Springs

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Clear Lake

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