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?
This spring provided the first source of fresh water for emigrant wagon trains after traveling the long hard, waterless drive across nearly 100 miles of Utah Desert. It is named in honor of the ill-fated Donner-Reed party which stopped at the springs on their way to California in the fall of 1846. More...