• Chimney Rock was an important emigrant landmark in western Nebraska


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Auto Tour Route - Utah

Below the map are suggested driving directions to follow the Auto Tour Route for the California National Historic Trail through Utah, from Idaho and Wyoming to Nevada.

Auto Tour Route driving directions across Utah.
Auto Tour Route driving directions across Utah.
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From Idaho:

1. Take Interstate 15, or Interstate 84 south from Idaho.
2. Take Interstate 15 / 84 south to Salt Lake City.
3. Turn west onto Interstate 80 to the Nevada border.

From Wyoming:

1. Take Interstate 80 west to Interstate 84.
2. Turn west onto Interstate 84.
3. Take Interstate 84 west to State Route 65.
4. Turn southwest onto State Route 65.
5. Take SR 65 west to Interstate 80.
6. Turn west onto Interstate 80.
7. Continue west on Interstate 80 through Salt Lake City and the Nevada border.

Total original route miles in Utah (including alternate routes): 349

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...