Plan Your Visit

California National Historic Trail extends over 2,000 miles from the Missouri River to California. There are museums, historic sites, churches, and original trail segments located all along the length of the trail to California.

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Basic Info

Find info about fees & passes, FAQs, special alerts, how to see ruts & swales, and more.

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Navigate the trail miles with maps, interactive GIS maps, sign info and more.

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Things to Do

Bike, hike, run, horseback ride, paddle, birdwatch, climb, camp, RV, photograph - there are countless ways to explore your historic trails!

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Places to Go

Where can you visit the trail? Use the interactive map to find places to visit.

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Trip Ideas

Follow a travel itinerary for a fun trip exploring multiple trail sites in one region.

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Get safety info for visiting trail sites, remote locations, and general tips.

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Looking for access? Find trail specific accessibility info, general tips on finding access, and more.

Last updated: November 18, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

National Trails
California National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504



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