Santa Fe County New Mexico
The 7,432' high pass, a 1/2 mi.-wide saddle crested by I-25, is blanketed by Santa Fe National Forest's ponderosa pines. The village of Glorieta hugs the S side of I-25 near the summit, and the Glorieta Baptist Assembly on the N side. The photograph shows historian Don Alberts, atop Sharpshooter's Ridge in Glorieta Battlefield, pointing toward Glorieta Pass, where the Texas Confederates advanced in 1862.
The final pass for westbound Santa Fe Trail caravans, 7,432' Glorieta Pass has seen Pueblo and Plains Indians, and several of the seminal events of the Santa Fe Trail, such as Brig. Gen. Stephen W. Kearny's Army of the West (1846), the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass (1862) and the arrival of the AT&SF Railroad (1880). Santa Fe Trail ruts at summit on N and on W slope to S. Remnants of Route 66 to E & W.