Basic Information

GIS Data and Information

For Geographic Information System data regarding the trail, please visit the Resource Information Management page of the National Trails office website.

 

Trail sites are located across 2,000 miles and 10 states. The Trail is administered by the NPS office located at:

Entrance Fees:

 
visitors stand in front of a cream building with brown shingles with a green lawn and a large rock buttress behind.
Scotts Bluff National Monument is located in Nebraska and the rock formations served as important landmarks for emigrants.

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Trail Administration

The California National Historic Trail (NHT) was designated by Congress in 1992 and is administered by the National Park Service as a component of the National Trails System. Despite the name, the California NHT is not a continuous traditional trail from end to end, but consists of many trail traces, structures, graves, landmarks, and markers left on the landscape to remind us that the trail still lives on.

Protect the Trail

To foster trail preservation, do not use metal detectors, dig at sites, collect artifacts, or remove anything. Please respect these historic places.

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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