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Santa Fe Trail Tracks

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Address: West Highway 50, Dodge City, KS
Phone Number: +1 620-225-8186

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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Great piece of history

Went by a little early in the morning, perhaps. Very difficult to see the ruts, but some could be made out a little farther away. Still, great to stand in a place where so many... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 October 2016
Alan N
Pueblo West, Colorado
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Prince Albert, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can still see some of the wagon tracks and when you are looking across the expanse of blowing grass you can imagine what it may have been like to head off across in the country with a covered wagon or just your horse.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Visited with my 81 year old mother. Used wheelchair in order for her to see this amazing part of history. Excellently maintained. Just imagine what it must have been like for our forefathers and mothers to have crossed the country by way of this trail. Beautiful view of the surrounding fields!

Thank dianah267
Pueblo West, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Went by a little early in the morning, perhaps. Very difficult to see the ruts, but some could be made out a little farther away. Still, great to stand in a place where so many people passed by. Good view of the plains from this bluff.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

You may as well stop and have a look. Wonderful scenary goes on for miles giving you an apreciation of the vastness of the planes. Good history notes on exhibits.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Located approx. nine miles west of town, these ruts are a good reminder of the thousands who braved horrific conditions to follow their dream. Time & Mother Nature have taken their toll and it is rather difficult to make them out, but, use a little imagination and they will be easy to see. On a note of caution, There is... More 

Thank Paul G
Saint Georege, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

It takes a little gazing to really see the ruts. Unlike television and the movies, the wagons did not travel single file. The ruts show broad cuts into the prairie. One couple that was there at the same time looked at the two rut maintenance road at the back and declared they had found the trail. They even took a... More 

Thank Terrill M
York Haven, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

You really have to put yourself back to when the pioneers took their wagons through here. There are a few visible signs and it's worth the walk out to it.

Thank Monique S
Pueblo West
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I found it very interesting to read about the history of the tracks and the cattle drives .It was very difficult to see the actual trail.

Thank 525geraldp
Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Nice facility but hard to see the tracks. There are places in Kansas that are better, but harder to get to. For example drive the dirt roads to see the ones near Pawnee Rocks. A little harder to get to but better ruts

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

It takes an imagination to appreciate these tracks. Anyone who has read stories of the early pioneers and others who had forged their way west will appreciate just how arduous that journey must have been. The displays are interesting to read.

Thank SylRickTraveler

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