Pathways of Pioneers

A historical photo of a wagon train

The great migration west along the Oregon and California Trails shaped the course of a nation and forever altered a way of life for Native Americans. For the emigrants, the Oregon country offered them a chance for free land and a better life. That chance would come at a cost though as nearly one in ten died along the way. Sacrifice and determination walked hand in hand with the pioneers striving to reach their westward goal.

The change set in motion by the great migration left a lasting legacy on Idaho and the rest of the country. Traces of the journey are now hidden amidst the intractable march of progress. Learn more about the trail and its twisting course through our state and the west as Outdoor Idaho follows the Pathways of Pioneers.