• Chimney Rock was an important emigrant landmark in western Nebraska

    California

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

Brochures

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.

Download the text only trail brochure in large print. This guide is formatted for ADA standards when printed at 11" x 17". To receive a printed copy e-mail us.


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.

Auto Tour Route Interpretive Guides can also be found at many travel and tourism centers along the historic trail route.

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?

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...