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 found on the Plan Your Visit pages will provide information for enjoying these historic trails and suggest opportunities to learn about emigrant stories and experiences.You may also be interested to learn more about the National Trails System Program.
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...