Things To Know Before You Come
Roadside, Auto Tour Route highway signs mark the general routes of the California National Historic Trail, approximating the trails used by pioneer emigrants. Actual wagon wheel ruts, emigrant camps and other places of interest along the trail can be visited at the sites listed throughout these web pages. Driving directions to the sites are provided from major highways and nearby towns. To follow overland trail routes between sites, consult local brochures and guides.Entrance and parking fees may be charged at some locations and hours vary at the discretion of the site administrator. Large groups are encouraged to make prior arrangements for tours, where available. Please respect private property by staying in public areas, and help protect our national heritage by leaving trail resources undisturbed.
Did You Know?
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...