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Description - The Oregon Trail provided access to the northwestern territory of the country for hundreds of thousands of individuals during the mid-1800s. It lead from the Midwest through several western states to Portland, Oregon. Today the trail covers over 2,000 miles of the approximate route with several historic sites and recreation opportunities along the way.

Attractions - Hundreds of thousands of pioneers followed this trail westward from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City, Oregon, between 1841 and 1860. Today 300 miles of wagon trails are visible along with over 100 historic sites on the route.

Recreation - Many of the sites and segments of the Oregon National Historic Trail are on public land and are open to visitors. The approximate route can still be followed by automobile and opportunities are available to travel by foot, horse, or mountain bike are available in many places. Information on trail routes and history is available from the National Park Service Long Distance Trails Office.

Climate - Information on accessibility and travel conditions along this cross-country route is best obtained from local offices of the Bureau of Land Management or the National Forest Service.

Location - The Oregon National Historic Trail begins in Independence, Missouri, and ends in Portland, Oregon. The track leads through five states: Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon.

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Contact Information:
Oregon National Historic Trail, c/o Long Dist. Trails Off.-SLC, 324 S. State Street, Suite 250 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84145-0155, Phone: 801-539-4094

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Great Salt Lake Country - This region of Utah is best known for the excellent skiing terrain in the Wasatch Mountains east of Salt Lake City.
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