National Oregon/California Trail Center in Montpelier Idaho

Trail basics

The Trek West

Early Mormon Emigrant Family

During the nineteenth century, over 200,000 men, women and children traveled the Oregon and California Trails in search of new homes in the west. The trek was a difficult journey and took five months to travel the 2,000 miles by ox-drawn wagon. Today, you could make the same trip by car in four days or by jet in four hours.