Trip Planner:   USA  /  Wyoming  /  Guernsey  /  Oregon Trail Ruts

Oregon Trail Ruts, Guernsey

4.7
#6 of 22 in Trails in Wyoming
Oregon Trail Ruts is a preserved site of wagon ruts of the Oregon Trail on the North Platte River, about.5 miles south of Guernsey, Wyoming. The Oregon Trail here was winding up towards South Pass. Wagon wheels, draft animals, and people wore down the trail about two to six feet into a sandstone ridge here, during its heavy usage from 1841-1869. The half-mile stretch is "unsurpassed" and is the best-preserved set of Oregon Trail ruts anywhere along its former length.It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966.The site is maintained as a State Historic Site within Guernsey State Park, which separately was declared a National Historic Landmark for its Civilian Conservation Corps structures, unrelated to the Oregon Trail Ruts.HistoryFirst recorded in 1812, when Robert Stuart and 6 others came through here heading east from Fort Astoria, Oregon. Traders, trappers, and missionaries; used this route before 1841 when Bartleson-Bidwell part became the first wagon train across the trail. The number of emigrants grew from 100 plus in 1842 to over 900, in 1843. With the completion of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1869, use of the Trail as an overland route to the Pacific rapidly declined, although sections of it continued to be used locally for many years.
To visit Oregon Trail Ruts on your holiday in Guernsey, and find out what else Guernsey has to offer, use our Guernsey online tour itinerary builder .
Source
map
Create an itinerary including Oregon Trail Ruts
Oregon Trail Ruts Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
151 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • September 26, 2017
    We enjoyed the trail ruts. It is easy to access and an interesting storyline along the way. It was interesting to see that part of our country's history.  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    If you have ever read the stories of the brave folks that made their way west on the Oregon Trail, this is a must see. It actually gives you chills to stand and look out across the ruts. Nice sidewalk...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    Just being able to walk in the ruts of the pioneers was an amazing experience. I have a hard time imagining the hardships they went through to make this journey.  more »

Plan your trip to Guernsey

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Guernsey

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Guernsey by other users

1 day in Guernsey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Guernsey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Guernsey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Guernsey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Guernsey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Guernsey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Guernsey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Guernsey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Guernsey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Guernsey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Guernsey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Guernsey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans