Follow in the footsteps of over 250,000 emigrants who traveled to the gold fields and rich farmlands of California during the 1840s and 1850s: the greatest mass migration in American history. The California National Historic Trail is over 5,000 miles long and covers portions of 10 states. Step into history along more than 1,000 miles of ruts and traces from travelers and their overland wagons. Read More
Follow the Trails
Visit the trails using our Auto Tour Route Interpretive Guides that provide directions where visitors will find trail remnants.
Last updated: February 5, 2019