Discover the complex and layered history of the California Trail, a vast network of wagon roads and footpaths that brought Americans from the country they knew to the unfamiliar frontier - the greatest mass migration in American history. From the beautiful California coastline to the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains and even to the dry desolate desert, this route will lead you through breathtaking, diverse landscapes. The trail is where you will find the Great Basin National Forest - Home to ancient trees, unique cave formations, 13,000 ft Wheeler Peak, the only glacier in NV and designated an International Dark Sky Park. It is one of the least-visited national parks but in our opinion, one of the most impressive for stargazing, tree hugging and challenging hikes.
Kansas City, MO - Omaha, NE: 2 hrs. 45 mins. approx.
Omaha, NE - Grand Island, NE: 2 hrs. 25 mins. approx.
Grand Island, NE- Scottsbluff-Chimney Rock, NE: 4 hrs. 35 mins. approx.
Scottsbluff-Chimney Rock, NE - Casper, WY: 3 hrs. 15 mins. approx.
Casper, WY - Jackson, WY: 4 hrs. 45 mins. approx.
Jackson, WY - Idaho Falls, ID: 1 hr. 55 mins. approx.
Idaho Falls, ID - Salt Lake City, UT: 3 hrs. 5 mins. approx.
Salt Lake City, UT - Great Basin Natl Park, NV: 3 hrs. 45 mins. approx.
Great Basin Natl Park, NV - Reno, NV: 6 hrs. 15 mins. approx.
Reno, NV - Sacramento, CA: 2 hrs. 15 mins. approx.