Mormon Trail - Mormon Battalion - Pioneer Trails - Preservation of Pioneer Trails - US Historical Trails


The Mormon pioneer trek began in 1846 when, in the face of conflicts with neighbors, Brigham Young decided to abandon Nauvoo and to establish a new home for the church in the west. That year Young's followers crossed Iowa. Along their way, some were assigned to establish settlements and to plant and harvest crops for later emigrants. In the spring of 1847, Young led the vanguard company to the Salt Lake Valley, which was then outside the boundaries of the United States and later became Utah. The Mormon Trail or Mormon Pioneer Trail is the 1,300 mile (2,092 km) route that members of The Church traveled from 1846 to 1868. Today the Mormon Trail is a part of the United States National Trails System, as the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail. The Mormon Trail extends from Nauvoo, Illinois, which was the principal settlement of the Latter Day Saints from 1839 to 1846, to Salt Lake City, Utah. From Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Fort Bridger in Wyoming, the trail follows much the same route as the Oregon Trail and the California Trails.

As a result of the formation of the Mormon Battalion and the longest military march in U.S. history during the Spanish American War, Mormon Trails were established in the south west. The toll on the people and the livestock was incalculable. But the important thing is that they persevered and the trail or road - whether it is called the Old Spanish Trail, the Santa Fe Road, Mormon Road, Salt Lake Road or the California Road. These Pioneers and the roads they made and preserved played a significant and historic role in the way the west was formed.

The immediate reason for the creation of this website is for the purpose of stopping a pending action by the Federal National Forest Service. A very important local US and Mormon historical site is being threatened by a off road motorcycle track and we need your participation and help (Read More) Click here to see Satelite View of the Site

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