Kit Carson Museum
Colfax County New Mexico
Recreated historic site which incorporates some of the original walls of Carson's home. Stagecoach and covered wagon as well as other exhibits relating to the SFT are housed in the building. Open from June 10 to August 25, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. There are guided tours. Interpreters in period costume recreate life in the 1850s. Demonstrations are conducted in the recreated buildings as seen in the accompanying photograph.
A certified Site of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Lucien Maxwell and famed mountain man Kit Carson, settled here and built their residences where the Santa Fe Trail crossed the Rayado River. The Kit Carson Museum, part of the Rayado Ranch, is on the National Historic Register. Settled in 1848, Rayado was one of the 1st permanent settlements of the Sangre de Cristos, and was a military post from 1850-1851. Trail ruts are visible NE & S of Rayado.