Santa Fe Companion Trail

This 19-mile trail, between Murphy and Conestoga Trailheads, parallels the original Santa Fe National Historical Trail and allows visitors to experience what life may have been like for early trail travellers. Limestone posts help mark the original trail and interpretive signs explain its history. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Year-round
Area Amenities: 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: Easy to moderate. The terrain is primarily flat but has gradual inclines across dry drainages and near Point of Rocks. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on this trail.
Closest Towns: Elkhart, Rolla, Hugoton, Kansas
Water: None on Trail. Drinking water at Murphy and Conestoga Trailheads. Best to carry water with you.
Restroom: Vault at trailheads
Operated By: USDA Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From Elkhart, Kansas, take Highway 56 east approximately 7 miles; turn north onto County Road 16. Continue on CR16 approximately 6 miles. Cross the Cimarron River; turn east on FS 600.1 for approximately 3 miles; then travel north 2 miles on FSR 615.


Mountain Biking

Dispersed Camping

Day Hiking


Horse Camping

Dispersed Camping with Horses permitted.

Horse Riding

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery


Toilets: Vault at Trailheads.
Drinking water: None on Trail. Drinking water at Murphy and Conestoga Trailheads. Best to carry water.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
19 Miles

  Elevation : 
3395 feet - 3450 feet