A color, topographical map of the entire California NHT is available as an Acrobat PDF document (744kb). Since the 2,000-mile long trail covers seven states, from Missouri to California, this map measures approximately 46" x 9".
National Trails Intermountain Region
Driving directions for following the California NHT by automobile are available using the links above and the left-hand navigation links. Auto Tour Route (ATR) highway signs have been installed along modern-day roads that parallel the historic route as closely as possible. Directions are listed from east to west.
GIS Interactive Map
The National Park Service Geographic Resources Program hosts an interactive trails map viewer. Choose the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and then zoom in to find the details you need for trip planning.
Tip: There are menu options at the top right and top left of the map viewer.
Did You Know?
Rivers played an important role in establishing the 1840s - 1860s Emigrant Road to Oregon and California. In general, the route left the Missouri River to follow the Platte, then the Sweetwater to the Bear, the Snake and then either North to the Columbia or South to the Humboldt. More...