Murphy Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This Trailhead provides access to the Companion Trail (19 miles) and the Santa Fe National Historic Trail (23 miles). Interpretative signs provide history of both trails. Accessible horse mounting facilities are available. There is also a restroom and a well with handpump. These trails are for non-motorized travel only, giving visitors opportunities to step back in time and see what "travelling the trail" may have been like.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: All day
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: Open Year Round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No camping allowed inside fenced area. 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 Highway 27 north approximately 7 miles, cross the Cimarron River Bridge and turn west onto FSR 600. Continue west approximately 5-6 miles. Trailhead is on north side of the road.

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

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3450 feet