Imagine yourself an emigrant headed for Oregon: would promises of lush farmlands and a new beginning lure you to leave home and walk for weeks? More than 2,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen along the Oregon National Historic Trail in six states-reminders of the sacrifices, struggles, and triumphs of early American settlers.
The land has a story to tell. Swales and creek crossings, dips and ruts chronicle life on the trail. Follow the stories by following these road signs.Read More
Learn About New Potential Trail Segments
Congress has directed the NPS to evaluate whether some 64 new trail routes should be added. Learn more about the feasibility study that is underway.Read More
Follow the Trails
See the trail using our Auto Tour Route Interpretive Guides that provide directions where visitors will find trail remnants and interpretive media.Read More
Find Your Name
Visit Oregon-California Trails Association’s website to search for pioneer emigrant names.Read More
Did You Know?
Emigrants bound for western lands in the 1840-60s followed the Sweetwater River across Wyoming from near Fort Laramie in the southeast to Fort Bridger in the southwest passing by the Devil's Gate, a spectacular cleavage in stone that proved impassable without mountain climbing equipment. More...