Get out and explore the California National Historic Trail with the official National Park Service mobile application as your guide. Use this free app to create your own adventure as you follow in the footsteps of history!
The app is FREE and available for Apple and Android devices. Open the link on your mobile device to directly find the app.
Using the App
Use the map to find trail locations near you. Or follow along as you travel and find trail sites along the way.
Trails Sites to Visit by State
Interested in a certain area? Find trail sites to visit by state. Click further to learn more about a site's significance to the trail, how to visit, amenities available and more!
Discover the California Trail one state at a time by following these self-guided tours. Explore each state's app sites and their rich natural and cultural features.
Things to Do
Looking for places you can hike along the trail? Want to earn your junior ranger badge? Check out the Things to Do to plan fun activities along the trail.
This app includes audio-described sites, alternative text for images, and works with the built-in iOS and Android accessibility features.
You can also create fun postcards, check out the trail event calendar, explore volunteer opportunities, read park news, and find passport stamp locations.
Using the App on the Trail
Cell service and Wi-Fi is often limited along the Trail. Fortunately, the app is available offline. All you need to do is to download the app before you set out on your Trail adventure. To do this, follow these simple steps:
The app's content will then download to your mobile device, allowing you to use the app even when you do not have service.
Last updated: May 25, 2023