• 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?

Mormon Church founder, Joseph Smith, Jr.

Mormons, as Latter-day Saints are popularly called, practice a unique religion that arose in 1830 from the teachings of church founder Joseph Smith, Jr. Early converts followed their prophet from New York to Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. They were driven from each state by threats and violence. More...