• Chimney Rock was an important emigrant landmark in western Nebraska

    California

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

Fees & Reservations

There are no user or entry fees for the California National Historic Trail. Nominal fees may be charged at some trail-related federal, state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities. Entry fees are charged at the National Park Service areas on the California National Historic Trail.

The National Park Service is participating in the new Interagency Pass Program, which was created by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and authorized by Congress in December 2004. Other participating agencies include the Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation. Information about purchasing the new America the Beautiful Passes is available on this website.

Although administered by the National Park Service, the Trail is not a traditional National Park area with campgrounds, lodges and borders. Reservations for camping and lodging may be available in many areas, but you will need to contact the local land managing agency or property owner. Sometimes reservations may be available for guided tours and interpretive programs at Trail sites. Inquire locally with the site manager for this information.

The Links and Resources page includes contact information for many of the interpretive centers and land agencies that manage trail resources.

Did You Know?

Photo image of a circa 1800s Union Pacific Railroad engine.

It is estimated that between 350,000 and 500,000 people emigrated to the west between the 1840s and 1870s. They came by ox drawn wagons, on foot, & pulling hand carts until the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads completed a rail line in May of 1869 at Promotory Point in Northern Utah. More...