Getting to the Oregon National Historic Trail

Those portions of the Oregon National Historic Trail authorized by Congress include nearly 2,000 miles of historic trail that was once the primary "road" taken by farmers, enterprising business managers, gold-seekers and fortune hunters who chose to make a new life in Oregon. The route passes through ten states from Missouri to Oregon.

A river descends out of a narrow canyon.

NPS photo

Auto Tour Route Guides

Auto Tour Route (ATR) driving directions take visitors along modern highways that approximate or closely parallel the historic route taken by emigrant wagon trains during the 1840s to the 1870s. ATR highway signs have been installed along these roads to guide your journey.

A group of signs that indicate the presence of the Oregon Trail.


A family of road signs has been initiated across Oregon Trail to help you find original routes, trail crossings, and local sites. Follow the signs exhibiting the distinctive Oregon National Historic Trail logo.

Last updated: February 3, 2020

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Mailing Address:

National Trails Office - Regions 6, 7, 8
Oregon National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504



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