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Historic Trail Retracement

Planning for Retracement Trail is Underway

The National Park Service is working with the Mid-America Regional Council, local officials and historic trails organizations to develop an interpretive Retracement Trail along the Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails’ alignments through the Kansas City area.
The National Park Service has completed signage along major Kansas City area highways to identify the Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails and has offered to assist local communities in the region with the design and installation of signage to help residents and visitors follow this historic route along area hiking and biking trails.
Two meetings were held in August 2015 to discuss:
  • the scope of the assistance to be provided by the National Park Service;
  • the information needed from local communities and organizations;
  • the process that the NPS will use in working with local communities, and;
  • how gaps in the alignment will be identified and addressed.

The National Park Service will provide funds to MARC for the project, which is expected to engage local officials and key stakeholders to identify a preferred alignment and develop trail design and signage guidance. MARC will work with Vireo, a local landscape architecture and planning firm. View the National Historic Trails development concept plan PDF»