Gold Fever!

Follow in the footsteps of over 250,000 emigrants who traveled to the gold fields and rich farmlands of California during the 1840s and 1850s-the greatest mass migration in American history. More than 1,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen across 10 states on the California National Historic Trail.


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Utah National Historic Trails Guide - Mobile Tour

Explore three national historic trails with this free tour!

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California NHT road sign plan

Tell-Tale Signs

The land has a story to tell. Swales and creek crossings, dips and ruts chronicle life on the trail. Follow the stories by following these road signs.

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Map of Four Trails Feasibility Study

Learn About New Potential Trail Segments

Congress has directed the NPS to evaluate whether some 64 new trail routes should be added. Learn more about the feasibility study that is underway.

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Follow the Trails

See the trail using our Auto Tour Route Interpretive Guides that provide directions where visitors will find trail remnants and interpretive media.

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Parting of the Ways in Wyoming

Find Your Name

Visit Oregon-California Trails Association’s website to search for pioneer emigrant names.

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