Between 1840 and 1869, approximately 500,000 emigrants moved across the western plains in search of free farmland, freedom of religion, wealth, and new business opportunities. They traveled to Oregon's Willamette Valley, the Great Salt Lake Valley, and the California gold fields.
Explore the Oregon, California, Pony Express, and Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trails. This itinerary begins at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper, Wyoming.
Official national historic trail websites:
Casper to Split Rock, Wyoming, itinerary sites:
Contact each site for visiting information.
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
Avenue of Rocks
Mormon Handcart Historic Site