The Trek West

The trail from Nauvoo, Illinois, to the Great Salt Lake Valley was approximately 1,300 miles long and would ultimately lead 70,000 Mormon pioneers to the West.

Locations along the Trail

Nauvoo: City Beautiful
Nauvoo, Illinois: 1839–46
Sugar Creek
Distance: 7 miles from Nauvoo
Richardson’s Point
Distance: 35 miles from Nauvoo
Chariton River Crossing
Distance: 80 miles from Nauvoo
Locust Creek
Distance: 103 miles from Nauvoo
Garden Grove
Distance: 128 miles from Nauvoo
Mount Pisgah
Distance: 153 miles from Nauvoo
Nishnabotna River Crossing
Distance: 232 miles from Nauvoo
Grand Encampment
Distance: 255 miles from Nauvoo
Council Bluffs
Distance: 265 miles from Nauvoo
Winter Quarters
Distance: 266 miles from Nauvoo
Elkhorn River Crossing
Distance: 293 miles from Nauvoo
Platte River
Distance: 305 miles from Nauvoo
Loup Fork
Distance: 352 miles from Nauvoo
Fort Kearny
Distance: 469 miles from Nauvoo
Confluence Point
Distance: 563 miles from Nauvoo
Ash Hollow
Distance: 646 miles from Nauvoo
Chimney Rock
Distance: 718 miles from Nauvoo
Scotts Bluff
Distance: 738 miles from Nauvoo
Fort Laramie
Distance: 788 miles from Nauvoo
Upper Platte (Mormon) Ferry
Distance: 914 miles from Nauvoo
Red Buttes
Distance: 940 miles from Nauvoo
Sweetwater River
Distance: 964 miles from Nauvoo
Independence Rock
Distance: 965 miles from Nauvoo
Devil’s Gate
Distance: 970 miles from Nauvoo
Martins Cove
Distance: 970 miles from Nauvoo
Rocky Ridge
Distance: 1,038 miles from Nauvoo
Rock Creek
Distance: 1,048 miles from Nauvoo
South Pass (and Pacific Springs)
Distance: 1,065 miles from Nauvoo
Green River: Lombard Ferry
Distance: 1,128 miles from Nauvoo
Fort Bridger
Distance: 1,183 miles from Nauvoo
Bear River Crossing
Distance: 1,216 miles from Nauvoo
The Needles
Distance: 1,236 miles from Nauvoo
Echo Canyon
Distance: 1,246 miles from Nauvoo
Big Mountain
Distance: 1,279 miles from Nauvoo
Golden Pass Road
Distance: 1,281 miles from Nauvoo
Emigration Canyon: Donner Hill
Distance: 1283 miles from Nauvoo
Great Salt Lake Valley: Emigration Square
Distance: 1297 miles from Nauvoo

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