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.
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.
Trails are for non-motorized travel only.
Elkhart, Rolla, Hugoton, Kansas
USDA Forest Service
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.