Gold Fever!

Follow in the footsteps of over 250,000 emigrants who traveled to the gold fields and rich farmlands of California during the 1840s and 1850s: the greatest mass migration in American history. The California National Historic Trail is over 5,000 miles long and covers portions of 10 states. Step into history along more than 1,000 miles of ruts and traces from travelers and their overland wagons. Read More

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How to Visit

Discover how to visit the California National Historic Trail

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Your Link to History

Follow the stories of people and places on the trail. Read in-depth research.

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Follow the Trails

Visit the trails using our Auto Tour Route Interpretive Guides that provide directions where visitors will find trail remnants.

Last updated: May 28, 2019

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Mailing Address:

National Trails Intermountain Region
California National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504


(801) 741-1012

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