Traveling the California National Historic Trail
Those portions of the California National Historic Trail authorized by Congress include nearly 2,000 miles of historic trail that was once the primary "road" taken by farmers, enterprising business managers, gold-seekers and fortune hunters who chose to make a new life on the California frontier. The route passes through ten states from Missouri to California.
A family of road signs has been initiated across California Trail to help you find original routes, trail crossings, and local sites. Follow the signs exhibiting the distinctive California National Historic Trail logo.
Maps and Places to Go
Last updated: January 28, 2021