National Trails (previously named National Trails Intermountain Region) administers nine national historic trails and one historic highway that, combined, stretch for 25,000 miles across 24 states. Partnering is our passion! We work with a diversity of partners to protect, develop, and promote these special places.

Our staff of interdisciplinary experts assist community groups, private landowners, nonprofit organizations, tribes, and federal, state, county, and local agencies with site planning and design, on-the-ground trail mapping, educational opportunities, and identifying the resources.

Do you live near one of the historic routes listed below? This website offers tools and services to develop and promote your historic sites and segments. It also shares best practices in how to care for the national historic trails. Contact us about working together!

California National Historic Trail

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro
National Historic Trail

El Camino Real de los Tejas
National Historic Trail

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail

Pony Express National Historic Trail

Old Spanish National Historic Trail

Oregon National Historic Trail

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

Santa Fe National Historic Trail


Trail of Tears National Historic Trail


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National Trails works with partners to protect, develop, and promote national historic trails.

PowerPoint image of the Butterfield Overland Special Resource Study


What can you do to encourage preservation, improvement, and support for national historic trails in your area? Make a plan!

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Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

it's a kick to learn about how the National Park Service is working to preserve Route 66!

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Cultural Resources

The cultural resource team works to protect pioneer inscriptions, wagon wheel ruts, emigrant graves, and many other cultural resources.

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The history team enlightens the reader with accurate, lively accounts of forts, camps, autobiographies, diaries, events, and much more!

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Interpretation and Education

The Interpretation team works with partners to develop interpretive media, personal and educational services, and interpretive plans.

historic map of the Oregon Trail

Resource Information Management

The RIM team helps partners with the world of GPS, GIS, mapping, metadata, and more.

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Design and Development

D&D helps partners plan and design visitor facilities that help enhance the visitor experience of trail sites and segments.

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How to Create Your Sign Plan

The family of roadway signs designed for the national historic trails create a unique opportunity for visitors to find these trails!

Last updated: February 4, 2020