Research

Research about Mormon Pioneer events and routes is ongoing. The National Park Service (NPS) works cooperatively with scholars, site managers, and others to learn more about trail-related stories and sites. The agency has worked with a number of partners — the Mormon Trail Association, universities, museums, historical societies, and other nonprofit entities — on Mormon Pioneer Trail projects. Through these projects, new historical trail information has been discovered; several buildings have been identified as being thematically-related to the Trail; several outdoor interpretive exhibits have been erected; and new museum exhibits have been developed and are now on display.

If you have a project idea that can add new historical information or challenge existing notions about the trail, contact the National Trails staff.

Trailwide research covers the entire trail through all of the states:

For those who would like to undertake additional research about the Mormon Pioneer Trail, many sources are available. Historians can access a sizable number of diaries, journals, and secondary sources on the subject. Some of these are noted on the bibliography.

Last updated: February 5, 2020

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Mailing Address:

National Trails
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504

Phone:

(801) 741-1012

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