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What is a Scenic Byway?

The Santa Fe Trail New Mexico National Scenic Byway is part of the National Scenic Byways Program created by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration in 1992. America's Byways ®, which include the National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads.

This grass-roots effort to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States also serves as unique marketing tool for the many unique sites of interest along the national highway system.

As more and more interstate highways were developed, many of the wonderful communities that used to thrive on tourism were slowly fading away. America's Byways program encourage travelers to visit those places along the byways that offer travelers an experience of breathtaking scenic beauty, unique recreational activities or sites of historical/archeological significance. Thereby helping to preserve, protect and promote these designated areas.

What is the Santa Fe Trail National New Mexico National Scenic Byway Alliance?

The Alliance is a group of individuals, businesses, and non-profit corporations that collaborate to ensure that the historic Santa Fe Trail in New Mexico is preserved, protected and promoted while giving visitors an insight into the colorful history of the area. Read more about the Santa Fe Trail New Mexico National Scenic Byway in the Santa Fe Trail Alliance NEWSLETTER.

The alliance developed a Corridor Management Plan (CMP) in 1997 that lists the many sites along the byway that are historically, culturally, recreationally or archeologically significant. The CMP provides guidance for promoting and preserving the byway and its many assets while enhancing the visitor's experience along the Santa Fe Trail. Funding for signage, wayside exhibits, kiosks, and printed and electronic materials, which help the Alliance accomplish its goals and objectives set in the CMP, is provided through grants from America's Byways, alliance membership dues, and other donations.

Join the Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway Alliance and make a difference today! The updated Corridor Management Plan will be published to this website upon completion.

For more information about joining the Santa Fe Trail New Mexico National Scenic Byway please email info@santafetrailnm.org. Forms will be available online in the near future.

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