Santa Fe Trail Days Festival 2004!

"Experience the History"

Call the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce for more information on next years festival, 719-846-9285. Held every year in June every year.

Plan a trip to our Scenic Byway for a living history activity that you're sure to remember! Three days of fun and excitement, experiencing life as the pioneers did are planned in the El Corazon De Trinidad National Historic District. The annual event is sponsored by the Trinidad/ Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce. Festivals accommodate more than 100 vendors with booths from Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, and from as far away as Alabama.

The Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway had a fun and games booth, buckets of prizes, and barrels of fun for everyone. Trinidad Historical Society helped us look good by darning period costumes from a variety of cultures and answered questions from the curious about our Scenic and Historic Byway. Stop by the booth next year to have some old fashioned fun at the Byway Booth! Prizes ranged from essential SFT paraphanellia like sun visors and hats or feather boas and water cantinas. Trips to Koshare Indian Kiva Dances, and Comanche National Grassland were given away and the lucky winners plan to take their trip very soon. Visitors were encouraged to travel the Santa Fe Trail and explore one of our 45 sites of interest along the Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway- Mountain Branch.



The Chili Cook Off brags of some of the most mouth watering Chili in the Southwest. Splendidly costumed re-enactors provide cultural entertainment throughout the day, giving you the feeling that you actually went back in time.

Chuck wagons, chili cook offs, petting zoos, car & bike show, super slides, carnival games, duck race, river walk tours, and living history activities to keep you busy for this fun filled three day affair. Every year just gets bigger and better!





Continuous music throughout the 3-day festival is provided. The Koshare Indian dancers provide entertainment with ceremonial street dances. A dazzling display of colorful costuming and skill in dancing delight festival go'ers. The crowd joined in several dances and the energy was fantastic.










We thank our kind contributors to our Byway Booth and Festival Giveaways, we appreciate your support to the Santa Fe Trail and thank you for endorsing our cause! Your support has allowed us visibility and contributed to the education of citizens about the Santa Fe Trail.

Trinidad History Museum and Colorado Historic Society donated Santa Fe Trail books and free addmission to their museum for our members, not just for that day, but any day!

Trinidad Historical Society helped pay for the booth fee.

Graham Graphics created our beautiful Byway Booth.

Amato Lumber donated the lumber for the Byway Booth.

Mitchell Art Museum donated Santa Fe Trail books and payed for the Koshare Dancers.

Bent's Old Fort donated Santa Fe Trail books.

Koshare Indian Kiva Museum donated tickets to the Ceremonial Dances.

Bent's Old Fort Inn donated accommodations for the Ceremonial Dance winners.

Comanche National Grassland donated five tours to Picket Wire Canyonlands dinosaur tracksite.

Trinidad Stone Mansion Bed and Breakfast donated accomodations for the Victorian B&B tour.

First National Bank donated a Lap Top travel bag and shaded folding chair.

International State Bank donated letter openers and calendars.

Trinidad Chamber of Commerce donated Trinidadio Blues Fest Tickets and they host the festival each year.

Thank you all!

Join us next year for the annual Santa Fe Trail Days Festivities to be held in June.


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