• Chimney Rock was an important emigrant landmark in western Nebraska

    California

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

Things To Know Before You Come

Activities

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?

The Silver Mountains and Bonneville Salt Flats along the Nevada and Utah border.

After struggling across nearly 100 miles of salt flats and soft, wet sand in Utah's Great Salt Lake Desert in the late summer of 1846, the Donner-Reed wagon train reached the Silver Mountains and fresh water just north of this location along Interstate 80 near the Nevada/Utah border. More...