• Chimney Rock was an important emigrant landmark in western Nebraska


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

Auto Tour Route - Colorado

Below the map are driving directions to follow the California National Historic Trail west through Colorado, from Nebraska and back to Nebraska.
Auto Tour Route driving directions across Colorado.
Auto Tour Route driving directions across Colorado.
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From western Nebraska through Julesburg, CO and westward toward Wyoming:

1. Take U.S. Route 138 west from Big Springs, NE through Julesburg, CO to U.S. Route 385.
2. Turn north onto U.S. Route 385 and follow into Nebraska to U.S. 30 west.

Total original route miles in Colorado: 16

Did You Know?

Oregon, California, & Mormon emigrants, as well as Pony Express riders traveled over South Pass, Wyoming

Until discovered by William Sublette in the 1830s, most Americans thought the Rocky Mountains were impassable. Lewis and Clark passed through the Rockies north of this location, via the Missouri River in 1805. More...