Interpretive Master Plan
The NFS is responsible for administering trail programs. Partners who own trail sites carry out the actual management responsibilities.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists between the State of Colorado
and the NFS regarding the trail. The State has committed to adopting the
Comprehensive Use Plan for the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and has
agreed that state programs will support the goals and objectives of that
plan. The intent is to work positively and cooperatively to achieve mutually
desired goals, not to exert control or approval over each other's actions
or the actions of other groups. The two entities may not always agree but
will seek win-win solutions when differences arise. The project, as it is
funded by state managed funding sources, is subject to the coordination
called for in the MOU.
A coordinated byway and national historic trail program can enhance public understanding, the visibility of both programs, promote protection of trail resources, and provide for an integrated visitor experience along the route. While the national historic trail is limited to the resources and stories of the Santa Fe Trail, the Byway offers the ability to expand into recreational and educational opportunities in the region. While the NFS wishes to cooperate and coordinate with tourism organizations, they are not themselves a tourism advocacy organization. The byway programs can actively promote tourism. The National in Santa Fe National Historic Trail can do much to attract visitors from across the country and abroad. By working together, the Byway and the national historic trail can ensure that these visitors have an enjoyable experience in a manner that does not adversely impact the resources they have come to see.
Scenic Byway designation encourages visitors to travel the byway and this is enhanced by National Historic Trail status.
The National Scenic Byway Commission is seeking nominations for a further designation, All-American Road status. This new designation would give any roads accepted into the program an even higher profile on a national level. Sally Pearce, Scenic Byway coordinator for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), has recommended that the Byway Committee seek this status. An ad hoc committee has been formed to work with Sally to develop the application and gather the necessary supporting documents.