Endorsed by Curators:
Why did people go? Reasons to head west were as diverse as the people who traveled on the trail. Starting in 1837 America suffered from a severe economic depression, leaving many in financial hardship. Going west offered these people a new lives and opportunities. Also, there was the opportunity for adventure. As pioneers moved west, the American frontier shifted. They were also drawn west by the promise of adventure, hope for better health in the California climate, religious freedom, expanding the United States from sea to shining sea, protecting lands from other countries, and by their concern over the expansion of slavery. One of the most important considerations for the emigrants to take into account was the timing of their trip. Emigrants typically left in mid-April, early May. If they left earlier, there wouldnt have been enough grass grown on the prairie to feed their draft animals. If they left later than this they may have gotten stuck in the early snows of the Sierra Nevada and faced the same awful fate as the Donner Party.
At this event you'll be able to experience the trail as nowhere else. There are nearly no signs of the modern world in the Pilot Valley. At the campground, the only sign that you're even in the 21st Century is the occasional train that will pass through. And sometimes days will pass without one of those.
Your tickt covers 24 hour use of the campground.