• Chimney Rock was an important emigrant landmark in western Nebraska

    California

    National Historic Trail CA,CO,ID,KS,MO,NE,NV,OR,UT,WY

Park Planning

A range of management and implementation plans are used to administer the California National Historic Trail. These documents provide overall guidance for National Park Service administrators and their partners in trail protection, development, and interpretation.

Management and Implemention Plans

Comprehensive Management and Use Plan (12.3mb pdf file)

The Comprehensive Management and Use Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (finalized in 1999) is shaped, in part, by the planning requirements found in section 5(f) of the National Trails System Act (see appendix A). It focuses on the trails' purpose and significance, resource protection, visitor experience and use, and long-term administrative objectives.

Elements of the proposed plan have been developed in cooperation with federal, state, and local agencies, as well as various nonprofit trail organizations-the entities that form the core of any partnership for national historic trails.

This plan serves as a coordinating document that provides policies, guidelines, and standards for administering the four trails in such a manner as to ensure the protection of trail resources, their interpretation, and their appropriate public use.

The plan, includes not only the California NHT, but also the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, and the Pony Express trails as well.

Long-Range Interpretive Plan (2.81mb pdf file)

The long-range interpretive plan (LRIP), finalized in 2010, provides an overall vision and basis for decision-making relating to interpretation and educational media.

Did You Know?

Photo image of a painting by William Henry Jackson called Crossing the Missouri.

William Henry Jackson painted this scene of emigrants crossing the Missouri River from Independence, MO. Each Spring hundreds and thousands of emigrant wagons lined up for days waiting their turn to cross over into what was wilderness in the mid-1800s on their way to a new beginning. More...