• 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?

Donner Springs and Pilot Peak in the west desert of Utah.

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...