North of Elkhart, the Santa Fe Companion Trail is a 19 mile one-way hiking route. The eastern terminus of the Companion Trail is the Conestoga Trailhead located 3 miles east of the Wilburton Crossing on FS 600 (FS 600 parallels the Cimarron River to the north side), then 2 miles north. Western terminus is the Murphy trailhead, about 7 miles west of highway 27 on FS 600.
To reach the hiking trailhead, head north of Elkhart on highway 27, cross the Cimarron River bridge and take the first gravel road east (FS 600, a right turn if you are heading north). Continue 7 miles east to Wilburton Crossing, go another 3 miles east, then north 2 miles to the Conestoga Trailhead. A gravel parking lot accommodates passenger vehicles and vehicles with stock trailers. The following facilities are available: unloading, watering, and stock tying facilities, handicapped mounting/dismounting facilities, and restrooms. Identical facilities are available at the Murphy Trailhead, 19 miles southwest.
To reach the Murphy trailhead, take FS 600 west where it crosses highway 27. Follow for approximately 7 miles the trailhead is on the north side of FS 600.
Overall, Santa Fe Companion is the 6th most popular hiking trail of all 8 hikes in Kansas.