An American Exodus
Explore the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail across five states to see the route 70,000 Mormons traveled from 1846 to 1869 to escape religious persecution. The Pioneer Company of 1846-1847 established the first route from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City, Utah, covering about 1,300 miles.
Learn About New Potential Trail Segments
Congress has directed the NPS to evaluate whether some 64 new trail routes should be added. Learn more about the feasibility study that is underway.Read More
Follow the Trails
See the trail using our Auto Tour Route Interpretive Guides that provide directions where visitors will find trail remnants and interpretive media.Read More
Visit sites on the Trail
Experience the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail. Use this guide to a selection of historical sites along the trail.Read More
Did You Know?
The Elkhorn River, a few days from the Mormon Winter Quarters at Council Bluffs, was one of the first major water crossings encountered by the Mormons. In April 1847, several days were spent building rafts to ferry the first 72 wagons across the flooded river. More...