• Chimney Rock was an important emigrant landmark in western Nebraska


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


While the California National Historic Trail is not a fee area of the National Park Service, some sections of the trail will fall within lands administered by other federal agencies that do require fees or permits. Also, nominal fees may be charged at some trail-related state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities.

Did You Know?

Gates of the Bear River, WY. Photo courtesy of The Wagner Perspective.

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...