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This year is the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, the law that established the Oregon National Historic Trail. To celebrate the milestone, the National Park Service has partnered with the American Solar Challenge (ASC). The 2018 race route roughly follows the historic Oregon Trail. Compare the solar car race route to a map of the historic trail. Follow the race and enjoy special events along the way to experience your national historic trail. Refer to the 2018 ASC page and their event program for details. Be sure to look for the National Park Service tents at checkpoints and stage stops, and enjoy the activities that park rangers and Oregon-California Trails Association volunteers have prepared for you. Follow the race along the trail with social media as well.

view from behind of sculptures including covered wagon and people walking alongside
The American Solar Challenge starts in Omaha, NE on July 14, 2018

Checkpoints and Stage Stops

There are many ways to experience both the American Solar Challenge 2018 and the historic Oregon Trail at checkpoints and stage stops along this year’s route. Discover things to do by location and date.

Trail Start

The travelers of the historic Oregon Trail typically jumped off in Independence, Missouri. The 2018 solar car race, however, will start in Omaha, Nebraska. If you're coming to look at the cars and see the teams off on their long journey, check out what else you can do in Omaha to experience the Oregon National Historic Trail.

red building with white pipes that extend from the ground on one side over the top to the other making hoops in the style of a covered wagon
The finish line of the American Solar Challenge is in Bend, OR on July 22, 2018

Trail End

After many hard months, weary travelers of the Oregon Trail reached Oregon City on the Willamette River with their loads considerably lighter. The final leg of the American Solar Challenge takes a later, southern route toward the "free emigrant trail" and ends in Bend, Oregon. As you wait for the solar racers to arrive, take some time and find things to do around Bend.


Last updated: July 17, 2018

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