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Pawnee Rock - Plan your visit

This sandstone citadel marked the halfway point on the Santa Fe Trail and was one of the most prominent landmarks on the long journey. American Indians were said to have met at Pawnee Rock, used as a vantage point to spot bison herds and approaching wagon trains. Stand atop Pawnee Rock while learning about the Santa Fe Trail and contemplate the rich history of the trail traders and Plains Indians.


  • Dawn to dusk daily


  • Self-guided walk-through site open dawn to dusk daily, marked with interpretive signs

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  • Self-guided visits


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