Santa Fe Trail Scenic & Historic Byway
Corridor Management Plan


Section 6

People's Involvement and Responsibilities

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Leadership and Organizations

Action Plan and Schedule

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Leadership and Organizations

The success of the Santa Fe Trail and Byway projects to date is due to the ongoing participation of numerous federal, state, and local government agencies, private sector organizations and individuals. A core group of advocates for the Santa Fe Trail have initiated and accomplished significant improvements in past years. Multiple federal and state agencies have contributed management, financial as well as technical expertise to the SFT and Byway. These agencies include the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Byways Commission, Colorado Historical Society, Colorado Division of Wildlife, and Colorado Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.

Since the creation of our CMP we have created a Byway Organization "The Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway- Mountain Branch" which has 501C3 status. The Byway organization is responsible for the futherment of the Scenic Byway and takes an active part in the preservation, promotion and interpretation of Colorado's Santa Fe Trail. A contractor carries out the tasks which the Byway deems neccessary for the benefit of the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail. Organizational documents for the Byway are available on line and can be viewed at Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation.

In addition, significant local support has been provided by a variety of community leaders. Support has been provided by over 200 city council members and county commissioners and 41 local governments in the six county region. An overview of select agencies and their respective roles is provided below.

Santa Fe Trail and Byway Participants

 Agencies/Participants  Description
 National Park Service (NPS)
  • Oversight for Santa Fe Trail
  • Technical assistance
  • Historical review agency
  • Funded portion of Bent Fort Access, SFT web site
 United States Forest Service (USFS)
  • Manage Comanche National Grassland
  • Technical assistance
  • Historical review agency
  • Funding partner for interpretive exhibits on Grasslands
 Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)
  • Byway Commission
  • Local field office for technical support
  • Funded CMP
  • State roadway construction and maintenance
 Colorado State Parks
  • Meetings and planning for Byway state parks. See the 2008 State of Colorado Outdoor Recreational Plan devised at SCORP
 Southeast Enterprise Development, Inc. (SECED)
  • Coordinated oversight for CMP
  • Operates Southeast Colorado Enterprise Zone
  • Co-sponsored Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway Application
  • Advertises and promotes the six county, southeast Colorado region
  • Participant in Great Plains State Park and Wildlife Area project development
  • Funded development of John Martin Reservoir Trail
 Trinidad/Las Animas CED, Inc.
  • Santa Fe Byways Steering Committee-14 members
  • Drafted and acquired ISTEA grants
  • Administers and coordinates completion of interpretive media projects
  • Promotes economic development for Las Animas County
  • Participant in development of Purgatourie River Walk
  • Assists in promotion of annual Santa Fe Trail Festival
 Southeast Council of Governments
  • Thirty one local government members
  • Participates in grants, funds or services from government agencies or private sources 
 Mountains and Mesas Enterprise Zone
  • Coordinated oversight for CMP
  • Operates two-county Enterprise Zone
  • Co-sponsored Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Application 
 Bent's Fort Chapter of Santa Fe Trail Association
  •  Over 115 members, including members from various agencies
  • Preservation committee with sign, mapping and resource sub-committees
 Arkansas Valley Chambers of Commerce
  •  Six counties in southeastern Colorado
  • Over 200 members
 Trinidad/Las Animas Chamber of Commerce
  •  Marketing and events partner
  • Nearly 300 members
 Huerfano Chamber of Commerce
  • Over 200 members
 Huerfano/Las Animas Council of Governments
  • Grantor of mini grants for Byway special events and activities
 Trinidad Historical Society
  • Byway Program sponsoring entity before we received our 501 C3
  • Assists in interpretive projects
 Bent County Historical Society
  • Assists in interpretative projects
Pioneer Historical Society
  •  Assists in interpretive projects
Colorado Tourism Office
  •  Grantor of marketing grants for Byway
Trinidad Tourism Board
  •  Grantor of mini grants for special Byway projects within Trinidad
Southeast Colorado Regional Tourism
  •  Tourism promoters and heritage planning for Southeast Colorado - Includes six counties in Southeast Colorado

An updated listing of our partners is included in the 2010 marketing plan.


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Action Plan and Schedule


The following table summarizes each strategy adopted for managing the Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway. A schedule for projects was assigned based on whether it would be completed in the short-term, mid-term, or long-term. These time frames are defined as: short term is one to two years, mid-term is two to five years and long term represents anything five years and over.

 Project/Strategy

 Schedule

 Priority
 Road Improvements    
 Minor Resurfacing and construction- all counties  1997-ongoing to date  High
 US Highway 50 East Corridor
US Highway 50 NPS Santa Fe Trail maps include-
Granada to Kansas
La Junta
La Junta to Las Animas
Bent's Old Fort
Las Animas
Las Animas to Lamar
Lamar to Granada
Camp Amache
 Begin planning in 2005- five years and over  High
 I-25 Reconstruction  Began in 2006 - five year or over  High
 I-25 Striping   Every two years beginning in 1998  Medium
 Highway 350 Bridge at mile post 7  five years and over  High
 Shoulder widening  five years and over  Medium-High
 Redesign 50/350 junction  began   High
 Intrinsic Quality Management    
 Baseline inventories  complete  High
 Colorado Scenic Byway  complete  High
 National Scenic Byway  complete  High
 Outdoor art program  ongoing  Medium-High
 Festivals and fairs  ongoing  Medium-High
 John Martin Res. to Boggsville trail  two to five years  High
 Boggsville to Bent's Old Fort trail  two to five years  High
 Trinidad to Raton Pass trail  two to five years  High
 Trinidad to El Moro trail  two to five years  High
 Holly Trail crossing US 50  complete  High
 Camp Amache Trail  ongoing  High
 Water Rights acquisition  five years and over  High
 New parks  ongoing  High
 New recreation opportunities  ongoing  High
 Comprehensive planning  ongoing  High


 Interpretive   Schedule  Priority
  Educational resources for schools- PBS documentary with teachers guide  ongoing  Medium
 Library activities  two to five years  Medium
 Volunteer training  complete and ongoing  High
 NPS certification  complete  Medium
 Living history  complete and ongoing  High
 Byway Organization- Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway- Mountain Branch  complete and active  High
 Tourism Facilities and Services    
 Rest Areas/Pullouts/Picnic Areas    
 Raton Pass rest area/entry point  two to five years  High
 Holly rest area  one to two years  High
 Rest areas - Highway 350  complete  High
 Clarence Couch Park (CAVI)  two to five years  High
 Picnic area - Bloom Hill town site  two to five years  Medium
 Bottled water at visitor sites  two to five years  High
 Campgrounds    
 John Martin Reservoir campgrounds  complete  High
 Camping areas - Comanche National Grassland  complete  High
 Beach/camping - Trinidad Lake State Park  complete  High
 Other campgrounds  two to five years  Medium
 Motels    
 Increase number  ongoing  Medium
 Restaurants    
 Geographic dispersal  five years and over  Low
 Diversify type and quality  two to five years  High
 Information/Welcome Centers    
 Hospitality training  complete and ongoing  High
 Dedicated display racks  one to two years  High


 Commerce Schedule  Priority
 Warning signs re agricultural traffic/conflicting uses  two to five years  High
 Pullouts/passing lanes -high agricultural area  two to five years  High
 Promote access to Santa Fe Trail at La Junta Junction  two to five years  High
 Highway 50  two to five years  High
 Bike racks, horse trailer parking  complete  High
 Signs/Outdoor Advertising  two to five years  
 Advance signs - DAR markers  two to five years  High
 Advance sign -John Martin Reservoir  complete  High
 Advance sign - Clarence Couch Park (CAVI)  two to five years  High
 Distance sign - Sierra Vista Overlook  complete  High
 Advance sign - Madonna of Trail  one to two years  High
 On site sign - Lamar Visitor Center  one to two years  High
 Directional signs - Trinidad Welcome Center  one to two years  High
 Trail crossing signs  one to two years  High
 Santa Fe National Historic Trail sign & marker descriptions -Sierra Vista Overlook  one to two years  High
 Relocate SFT/CSB signs - Las Animas & La Junta  one to two years  Medium
 Scenic Byway signs and Information signs on 1-25  one to two years  High
 Review and adopt sign codes  one to two years  High
 Review other byway signing programs  five years and over  Low
 Marketing and Promotion    
 FAM Tours  ongoing  Medium
 Press Kits/Releases  ongoing  High
 Package Tours for Groups  ongoing  High
 Organized Recreational Events/Benefits  ongoing  High
 International Promotions  ongoing  High
 Advertising in National/Regional magazines  ongoing  Medium
 Trade Show Delegates  ongoing  Medium
 State Fair Booth  ongoing  Low
 Map  complete  High
 T-shirts/revenue producing souvenirs  one to two years  High
 Brochure edits/reprints  ongoing  High
 Byway coloring contest  complete  High
 Visitor surveys  complete and ongoing  Medium
 Childrens activities at annual Santa Fe Trail Festival  ongoing  High
 Marketing Director/Advertising Contract  ongoing  High

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