• Scotts Bluff National Monument is located in western Nebraska, landmark for the Pony Express, Oregon, California and Mormon Pioneer national historic trails


    National Historic Trail ID,KS,MO,NE,OR,WY

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Photo image of Independence Rock and emigrant wagons.

Independence Rock and emigrant wagons.

Kay Threlkeld

Local brochures and guides are generally available at each trail site. An Auto Tour Route Interpretive Guide, in Acrobat Reader PDF format, can be downloaded for each of the eight states that the trail passes through. These interpretive guides are currently in development, but the Western Missouri and Northeastern Kansas and the Nebraska and Northeastern Colorado regions are available now in travel and tourism, museum and interpretive centers through these states. The "Auto Tour Route" link will provide state by state driving directions that approximate the historic route of the "Road to Oregon."

Please respect private property by staying in public areas, and help protect our national heritage by leaving trail resources undisturbed.

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Painted Canyon on the Applegate Trail heading to Oregon.

Known as the southern route of the Oregon Trail, the Applegate Trail provided an alternative for settlers who wanted to avoid the perils of the Columbia River. After nearly 150 years the Applegate Trail still serves as the basis for the Oregon's major transportation route. More...