California Trail Back Country Byway

Department of Transportation.

The California Trail Back Country Byway parallels a portion of the California National Historic Trail, which saw over 250,000 immigrants make their way from Independence, Missouri to California over 150 years ago. The byway is rich with such historical treasures as wagon wheel ruts and remains of historic structures.

Access the byway near the turnoff to Thousand Springs, a favorite watering hole of the immigrants that passed through the area. Enjoy primitive camping, hiking, backpacking, and mountain biking on BLM lands. Whatever you do, you’re sure to enjoy your experience as you travel a priceless piece of history on the California Trail Back Country Byway.


Navigating the Byway:

Accessing the Byway:

Start 26 miles north of Wells off US 93 or through Jackpot, Nevada along US 93.

Driving the Byway:

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