California National Historic Trail Map and Brochure
Please e-mail us to request a copy of the official trail brochure. Due to sequestration, we lack the staff to respond to requests immediately. Brochures will arrive between 2-4 weeks.
California Trail Topographical Map (pdf file)
Because the 2,000-mile trail covers multiple states, this map measures approximately 50" x 10". Download map
Auto Tour Route Interpretive Guides (pdf files)
These are state by state interpretive guides that provide an overview of local trail history and driving directions to suggested sites and points of interest that have interpretive media and/or educational services.
The Auto Tour Route Interpretive Guide series are a work in progress. Below are the interpretive guides currently available. As new guides are developed, they will be posted here.
Did You Know?
It is estimated that between 350,000 and 500,000 people emigrated to the west between the 1840s and 1870s. They came by ox drawn wagons, on foot, & pulling hand carts until the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads completed a rail line in May of 1869 at Promotory Point in Northern Utah. More...