Gold Fever!

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. More than 1,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen across 10 states on the California National Historic Trail.

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Follow the Trails

Visit the trails using our Auto Tour Route Interpretive Guides that provide directions where visitors will find trail remnants.

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Your Link to History

Discover stories of people and places on the trail. Read in-depth research.

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Your Centennial on the Trail

Celebrate the centennial with us! We invite you to participate in trail experiences and events to learn, be inspired, or simply have fun!

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

National Trails Intermountain Region
California National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504


(801) 741-1012

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