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. 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

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Planning a Trail Visit

Do you want to experience the trail? Learn more about where you can go, historic sites you can visit and more!

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Where is this National Historic Trail?

Take a look at interactive, historic, and trip planning maps to learn more about locations along the trail.

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What is a National Historic Trail?

Many folks wonder what a national historic trail actually is. Hear from trail staff about how we define these important parts of history.

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Explore Digitally

View trail photo galleries, connect on social media, explore deeper on mobile apps, watch videos, and check out other digital media!

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What's New

Check out current news, events, special projects, new research, and more!

Last updated: December 6, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

National Trails
California National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504

Phone:

(801) 741-1012

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