A brown directional highway sign with a yellow and white logo sits in front of cottonwood trees, and large snow covered gray mountains with clouds and blue sky
A directional highway sign with the official California National Historic Trail logo helps visitors find New Fork River Crossing Historic Park in Wyoming.

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.


State by State Auto Tour Travel Guides

Loading results...
    A group of signs that indicate the presence of the California Trail.

    NPS photo


    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.


    Last updated: January 28, 2021

    Contact the Park

    Mailing Address:

    National Trails
    California National Historic Trail
    PO Box 728

    Santa Fe, NM 87504



    Contact Us