• Martin's Cove at Devil's Gate in Wyoming

    Mormon Pioneer

    National Historic Trail IL,IA,NE,UT,WY

Feasibility Study

4-Trails Feasibility Study - The Mormon Pioneer Trail
Study Routes

The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing a feasibility study to evaluate some 64 routes for possible addition to the Oregon, California, Mormon Pioneer, and Pony Express National Historic Trails. This study was authorized by Congress in response to years of sustained public interest under the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.

The six Mormon Pioneer Trail study routes listed in the Act are:

• 1846 Subsequent Routes A and B in Lucas and Clarke Counties, Iowa
• 1856-57 Handcart Route from Iowa City to Council Bluffs, Iowa
• Keokuk Route in Iowa
• 1847 alternative Elkhorn and Loup River Crossings in Nebraska
• Fort Leavenworth Road, Oxbow Route and alternates in Kansas and Missouri (Oregon and California Trail routes used by Mormon emigrants)
• 1850 Golden Pass Road in Utah

Other trails in the feasibility study include California National Historic Trail, Pony Express National Historic Trail, and Oregon National Historic Trail.

Please visit the website dedicated to this project at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=31277

There you can find scoping meetings dates and locations, add your name on the project contact list, review scoping reports and other documents, enter comments, and generally follow the progress of the study.

The map below shows the general location of trail routes. Please click on the map to enlarge.

 
4Trails feasibility study map
Map of 4-Trails Feasibility Study Trail Routes (162 KB pdf)
 
 

Did You Know?

Elkhorn River Crossing near Fremont, Nebraska.

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...