Trail Drive by Ralph Compton
The Trail Drive series is a series of western novels created by American author Ralph Compton and later written by other authors. Following the Civil War, all Texas had left were longhorn cattle. In order to get them to the railroad, they must travel across 300 miles of Indian land.

Ralph Compton began his Trail Drive series in 1992 with the novel The Goodnight Trail. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Ralph Compton’s Trail Drive books in order of when they were first released (which is the same as their chronological order):

Publication Order of Trail Drive Books


The Goodnight Trail(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Western Trail(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Chisolm Trail(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bandera Trail(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The California Trail(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Shawnee Trail(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Virginia City Trail(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dodge City Trail(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Oregon Trail(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Santa Fe Trail(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Old Spanish Trail(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Deadwood Trail(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Green River Trail(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dakota Trail(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Alamosa Trail(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bozeman Trail(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Abilene Trail(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trail to Fort Smith(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Palo Duro Trail(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ogallala Trail(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ellsworth Trail(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tenderfoot Trail(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trail to Cottonwood Falls(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Amarillo Trail(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Omaha Trail(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Dakota Trail, The Alamosa Trail and The Bozeman Trail were written by Robert Vaughn based on the work of Ralph Compton. The Abilene Trail, Trail to Fort Smith, The Ogallala Trail and Trail to Cottonwood Falls were written by Dusty Richards. The Palo Duro Trail, The Ellsworth Trail, The Amarillo Trail and The Omaha Trail were written by Jory Sherman. The Tenderfoot Trail were written by Joseph A. West.

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Trail Drive Synopsis: In The Goodnight Trail by Ralph Compton, Benton McCaleb, Will Elliot and Brazos Gifford are three former Texas Rangers who are riding with Charles Goodnight, who is rounding up thousands of cattle all the way to Colorado. From the Trinity River to Denver, Colorado, they must navigate flooded rivers, desert land and drunken Comanches. They will also have face-to-face meetings with Judge Roy Bean and gunslinger Clay Allison. They will either reach the finish line or die trying.

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