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

    Mormon Pioneer

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

Places To Go

Register Cliff near Guernsey, Wyoming.

The Wagner Perspective

Following is a list of suggested activities for visiting the Mormon Pioneer NHT. Inquiries about trail segments not listed are best made locally. See the Links and Resources and Trail Sites to Visit pages for more information, and the Auto Tour Route pages for driving directions through each state.


The National Park Service does not offer any camping facilities along the trail. Inquire locally (see Links and Resources page).

Short Hikes (usually less than 300 yards to trail ruts or historic sites)

Long Hikes (access to extensive trail segments)

  • South Pass Segment: Independence Rock to Parting of the Ways, 125 miles
  • South Pass near South Pass City, WY
  • Little Emigration Canyon: Mormon Flat to Big Mountain, 4.5 miles

4x4 and Horse Access (extensive trail segments)

  • Oregon Trail Road: Mills, WY to WYO-220 just north of Independence Rock, 41.5 miles
  • South Pass Segment: Independence Rock to Parting of the Ways, 125 miles
  • Parting of the Ways: end of the South Pass segment
  • Fort Bridger to Muddy Creek: approx. 14 miles

Trail Museums

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...