National Historic Trail
National Trails Intermountain
PO Box 728
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-0728
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are historic sites and interpretive facilities on the Santa Fe
National Historic Trail in Colorado for you to visit:
This historic site is approximately 2 miles south of Las Animas on
Colorado Highway 101.
Boggsville was once a stage stop on the Santa Fe Trail. Key businesses
there were trading stores, owned by Thomas O. Boggs (built in 1862)
and John W. Prowers (built in 1867). Boggsville became the seat of
Bent County in 1870, but the coming of the railroad to nearby Las
Animas brought about the town�s downfall by 1880.
Today, Boggsville is a renovation project in progress. Seeing the site
now, which has just a few buildings and old foundations, it is hard to
imagine that here is where the cattle and sheep industries first
boomed in Colorado. A lot of the early history of Colorado started
here. Slowly, some of the buildings are being restored and more are
going to be rebuilt.
A bronze state historical marker is located along Colorado Highway
101, and there are several interpretive markers along an area hiking
Hough-Baca House and Santa Fe Trail Museum,
312 E. Main St. (US Highways 160 and 350) between Chestnut and Walnut
Hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily from May 1-September 30, and
October 1-April 30 by appointment only.
The house was built by a Santa Fe Trail merchant, John Hough, and
later sold to the Baca Family. The Santa Fe Trail passed near the
house, and several of its present furnishings were brought west on the
The house boasts two stories, a widow's walk, and Greek architectural
details. Colorful Rio Grande textiles, Victorian furniture, and other
period furnishings evoke the lifestyle of this prominent family. The
structure is now part of the Trinidad History Museum complex, which is
operated by the Colorado Historical Society.
Santa Fe Trail Museum, which is in an adobe building adjacent to the
Hough-Baca House, displays historic photographs, commercial goods, and
family heirlooms from Trail days through Trinidad's heyday at the turn
of the century. A fringed buckskin coat attributed to Kit Carson is
featured. This building first served as living quarters for the Baca
family's domestic workers.
State Park, outside Trinidad
State Highway12,5 miles west of Trinidad, in the foothills of
the Culebra Range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains
(719) 846-4730 or (719) 846-6951
The park is bordered by the Scenic Highway of Legends (Highway 12,
which encircles the Spanish Peaks) and the Santa Fe Trail (which
skirts the eastern edge of the park south of Trinidad).
This 2,500 acre park, at an average altitude of 6,300 feet, offers a
wide variety of recreational activities. Trinidad's 800 acre lake
offers boating and fishing.
Exhibits are in the visitor center, along with a wayside exhibit at an
overlook of nearby Raton Pass.
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