Basic Information

National Trails Intermountain Region
Oregon National Historic Trail
1100 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505

More than 2,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen along the Oregon National Historic Trail in six states-reminders of the sacrifices, struggles, and triumphs of early American settlers. Please see our Directions page for more information on following the Oregon National Historic Trail across the United States.

Oregon National Historic Trail

The Oregon National Historic Trail is not a clearly marked hiking trail. Instead it is a corridor that passes through communities as well as wild areas and through different states and land ownership. Each location varies as to the hours of operation and access. Please check individual locations along the trail to plan your visit.

Standard Hours

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Due to the length of the Oregon National Historic Trail, be sure to consult local weather sources for the region you'll be visiting. The trail passes through seven states.

Entrance Fees:

Entrance fees vary site by site - $0.00

There are no user or entry fees for the Oregon National Historic Trail. Fees may be charged at some trail-related federal, state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities. Please visit Places To Go (http://www.nps.gov/oreg/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm) for an interactive map and extensive list of places to visit by state or our Links and Resources page for useful trip planning websites. Contact information is available for each site to call and find out about fees.

Visitor Centers vary from state to state

The Oregon National Historic Trail passes through seven states. A variety of visitor facilities are available along the trail. See our Things to Do page for recommendations.

 
Two large tan rock pillars stand out of a green landscape with sunflowers in the foreground.
Courthouse Rocks were important landmarks for emigrants passing through Nebraska on their way to Oregon.

Enjoy the Oregon National Historic Trail!

Essential Information for Your Trip on the Trail

Oregon! The very word evoked visions of paradise. Towering trees. Lush valleys with rich soil. Land of unlimited opportunity. Between 1840 and 1869 those visions lured over 500,000 pioneers west to fulfill their dreams and a nation's destiny. These emigrants started their journeys in Kansas and Missouri, walking more than 2,000 miles for months in pursuit of a better life.

Today, the Oregon Trail still beckons the adventurous and modern highways overlay much of the route. These corridors near the original trail route are called Auto Tour Routes. Follow these Routes to travel in the footsteps of these rugged pioneers.

The Oregon National Historic Trail (NHT) was designated by Congress in 1978 and is administered by the National Park Service as a component of the National Trails System. Despite the name, the Oregon NHT is not a continuous traditional trail from end to end, but consists of many trail traces, structures, graves, landmarks, and markers left on the landscape to remind us that the trail still lives on.

Here is some information to help you plan your visit along the Oregon NHT.

Places To Go offers site listings by state that include site name, address, phone number, access, historical significance, onsite interpretation, and website.

Fees & Passes offers information on what costs may be associated with your visit.

Last updated: February 28, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

National Trails Intermountain Region
Oregon National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504

Phone:

(801) 741-1012

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