Conestoga Trailhead


This Trailhead provides access to the Companion Trail (19 miles) and the Santa Fe National Historic Trail (23 miles). Interpretative signs provide history of the both trails. Accessible horse mounting facilities are available at the trailhead, as well as arestroom and drinking fountain. Both trails are available for a variety of non-motorized travel (horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking) only, providing an opportunity to step back in time and experience what early settlers and traders in the early 1800's may have experienced.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: year-round
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees None
Permit Info: Commercial outfitter and guides required to have a special use permit. Fees vary. Contact the Forest Service office in Elkhart, phone 620-697-4621, for futher information.
Open Season: January
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Trails are for non-motorized travel only.
Closest Towns: Elkhart, Rolla, Hugoton, Kansas
Water: Drinking water
Restroom: vault
Operated By: USDA Forest Service

General Information


From Elkhart, Kansas, take Hwy 56 east to County Road 16 then turn North. Cross the Cimarron River and turn East onto FSR 600; travel approx. 3 miles and turn North onto FSR 615; travel 2 miles to trailhead.

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Toilets Vault
Accessible Mounting/Dismounting Facilities and Accessible Restrooms.
Interpretive Site
Drinking water