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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: May 17, 2018

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National Trails Intermountain Region
Oregon National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504


(801) 741-1012

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