The Trail passes through the following six states: Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada. The trail begins in Nauvoo, Illinois and terminates in Salt Lake City, Utah. The official trail is about 1,400 miles long.
Where can I obtain a map and brochure for the Trail?
Trail brochures may be obtained from a number of locations. Many museums and visitor centers along the trail distribute our free brochures. The Places to Go page provides a sample of some of the sites along the trail that may carry our publications. Trail Brochures are available or email us to request one.
Do you have educational materials for teachers?
We do not currently have any teacher or student specific products. We would be happy to mail you our official map and guide brochure for your classroom. Email us with your contact information, mailing address, and the quantity of brochures you need for your class.
How do I visit or follow the Trail?
The Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail is not a clearly marked nor continuous hiking trail. Instead it is a corridor that passes through different states and land ownership. Visitors can follow segments of the original trail on public lands and approximate other sections by following the trail's Auto Tour Route. However, many parts of the original trail are privately owned, have been lost to development, are under plow, or cross military or American Indian tribal reserves. Unless clearly marked, there is no public trail access across private property and reserves. Before entering those lands, you must locate the owners and ask their permission. To view an interactive map of the official trail visit Places To Go.
Congress established the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail in 1978. The trail commemorates the 1846-47 journeys of the Mormon people led by Brigham Young, the second leader of the Mormon Church. Use of the trail lasted for many years, but the official trail covers only the history and locations from the first Mormon company. The first party led by Brigham Young completed the trip in two segments from February 4, 1846 to July 24, 1847.
What is a National Historic Trail?
Much like a national park, a national historic trail is created by an act of Congress. National historic trails are congressionally designated official routes that reflect the research, review, and recommendation of many trail experts. National historic trails commemorate historic trade, migration, and other routes important to American culture.
Who owns the Trail?
The Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail is administered by the National Park Service (National Trails office), but the actual route on the ground is owned or managed by public, private, nonprofit, state, county, and local landowners. National Trails staff workw with these landowners to identify the historic trail resources, provide site planning and design, map the trail, and develop educational opportunities. The National Trails office does not own any land on the trail.
How can I learn more about the Trail and take part in trail-related activities?