Plan Your Visit
National Historic Trails recognize diverse facets of history such as prominent past routes of exploration, migration, trade, communication and military action. The historic trails generally consist of remnant sites and trail segments, and thus are not necessarily contiguous. Although National Historic Trails are administered by federal agencies, land ownership may be in public or private hands. Of the 19 National Historic Trails, 17 are administered (or co-administered) by the National Park Service.
The links on this page provide information for enjoying these pioneer emigrant trails and suggest opportunities to learn about emigrant stories and experiences.
Did You Know?
In 1849, Young Charlotte Dansie of Newton Suffolk, England, died in childbirth along with her infant son Joseph while traveling through the South Pass area of Wyoming with her new husband. One in 10 emigrants met a similar fate enroute to a new life in the American West during the 1840s-1870s. More...