4-Trails Feasibility Study - The California Trail Study Routes
The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing a feasibility study to evaluate some 64 routes for possible addition to the Oregon, California, Mormon Pioneer, and Pony Express National Historic Trails. This study was authorized by Congress — in response to years of sustained public interest — under the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.
The 41 California Trail study routes listed in the Act are shown in the table below.
The eastern routes are generally situated from the east bank of the Missouri River in Iowa and Missouri, through eastern Kansas, and across Nebraska. The central routes are generally in Wyoming, northern Utah, and eastern Nevada. The western routes are in Nevada and California. Some of the study routes, such as the Overland Trail and the Bidwell-Bartleson Route, cross more than one of these geographic regions.
Please visit the website dedicated to this project at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=31277
There you can find scoping meetings dates and locations, add your name on the project contact list, review scoping reports and other documents, enter comments, and generally follow the progress of the study.
The map below shows the general location of trail routes. Please click on the map to enlarge.
Did You Know?
Rivers played an important role in establishing the 1840s - 1860s Emigrant Road to Oregon and California. In general, the route left the Missouri River to follow the Platte, then the Sweetwater to the Bear, the Snake and then either North to the Columbia or South to the Humboldt. More...