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

    Mormon Pioneer

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

Operating Hours & Seasons

The Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail is recognized as a nationally significant resource relevant to the westward expansion of the United States. Although administered by the National Park Service, it is not like a typical national park with borders. Rather, it is an historic "road" or route used by hundreds of thousands of emigrants between the mid 1840s and early 1870s as they made their way west to begin a new life or to seek their fortune.

Operating hours and seasons for trail resources and sites of interest along this 1,300 mile route vary with each site and facility. Many private and agency museums and interpretive centers exist from Illinois to Utah. Please visit the Links & Resources page for a listing of trail managers and contact information, as well as a bibliography of suggested reading materials.

Auto Tour Route Maps, which follow modern highways that approximate the historic route are available within this web site, and a list of Suggested Trail Sites to visit will enhance your trail experience.

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Did You Know?

The Mormon Handcart Center at Martin's Cove near Casper, WY.

The Martin Handcart Company of 1856 was caught in a late October snow storm at this location. Rescue wagons from Salt Lake City brought food and clothing. The company continued its trek to a temporary refuge at the cove, but some 150 emigrants died in the freezing cold and blizzard conditions. More...