If you ever find yourself wanderlust-ing after a scenic drive that boasts breathtaking scenery and an incredible historic tale to match, why not consider cruising the Santa Fe National Historic Trail?
The beautiful landscape seen along the Santa Fe Trail
Ty and I found ourselves stumbling across this historic route on our drive from Amarillo in northwestern Texas to Trinidad in southern Colorado. After two hours of driving from Amarillo, we met the Santa Fe National Historic Trail in the northeastern tip of New Mexico. From there, we took the route through to Trinidad, which was to be our rest stop for the night. There are only two words that come to mind when attempting to describe the beauty of this scenic drive: simply spectacular.
We kept stopping along the side of the road to take pictures because it was just so beautiful!
With a history dating back to the early 1800s, the trail appeals both to the nature enthusiast and the history aficionado. The Santa Fe National Historic Trail runs through five states in the USA stretching from Missouri and Kansas in the midwest, through Oklahoma in south central USA, to Texas and New Mexico in the southwest. It was established in 1821 to serve as an international trade route between the USA and Mexico, after Mexico won independence from Spain in the Mexican War of Independence. 25 years later, in 1846, it served as the USA’s invasion route of New Mexico in Mexico.
While it’s history is undoubtedly significant, it was the truly incredibly sights that caught and held my attention. We were absolutely captivated by this desert landscape!
Fischer’s Peak, as seen from southern Colorado, not far after crossing the border from New Mexico
And just when we thought it impossible for our surroundings to be any more beautiful, we looked to the horizon and watched the snow-shrouded, icy-blue Rocky Mountains loom before us as we neared the New Mexico/Colorado state border.
The desert behind us
The Rocky Mountains lined the horizon before us
I have to tell you, there is something that feels so surreal and ‘make-believe’ about being surrounded by the red hues, bare rolling hills and desert floor of the ‘Wild West’ while seeing the Rocky Mountain Range rising in the distance. Talk about contrasts.
Surrounded by the desert, with views of the spectacular Rocky Mountain range
Trinidad, Colorado, was where we said goodbye to the Santa Fe National Historic Trail
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Have you found yourself on any beautiful scenic routes before? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
With love, Carly xo