• Chimney Rock was an important emigrant landmark in western Nebraska

    California

    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?

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...