Santa Fe Trail  LbNA # 7541

OwnerSilver Eagle      
Placed DateMar 18 2004
CountySanta Fe
LocationSanta Fe, NM
Found By the lazy letterboxer
Last Found Nov 25 2014
Hike Distance?

Log Replaced (09/17/05)
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 100 yards RT)
Recommended Ink: blue, brown, yellow & green
Status: alive


Between 1821 and 1880, the Santa Fe Trail was primarily a commercial highway connecting Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was used by Mexican and American traders up until 1846, then during the Mexican-American War the Army of the West followed it to invade New Mexico. When the Treaty of Guadalupe ended the war in 1848, the Santa Fe Trail became a national road connecting the United States to the new southwest territories. Commercial freighting along the trail continued, including considerable military freight hauling to supply the southwestern forts. The trail was also used by stagecoach lines, thousands of gold seekers heading to the California and Colorado gold fields, adventurers, fur trappers and emigrants. In 1880 the railroad reached Santa Fe and the trail faded into history. Today you can experience the trail by following the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and in Santa Fe you can still see faint trail ruts along with this microbox at Amelia White Park. For best results when stamping in, bring blue, brown, yellow and green ink.

From the SE corner of the Plaza, drive E on San Francisco. Turn right onto Cathedral Place then right onto Alameda. Turn left onto Old Santa Fe Trail and go .5 miles south. Turn left, continue SE on Old Santa Fe Trail for .5 miles to the Camino Corrales intersection. Amelia White City Park is on the left, just before the intersection. Public parking is on the street in the adjacent residential neighborhood. I parked on Camino Cacto.

Walk to the main entrance and go north to the center of a garden area where the path makes a T intersection. Turn left (west) and walk 25 steps to the third post of an arbor. Turn right (north) and walk 25 steps past a picnic table to 5 juniper bushes against a barbed wire fence. Look behind the second one from the left near the bottom barbed wire under rocks & dirt for the microbox. Please re-cover well.