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painting of western landscape with snow capped mountains surrounding a valley

Painting by John Williamson, Overland Route to Rocky Mountains, 1880. Autry Museum; 88.108.28

Trails West

Resource Type
Grade Level:
Social Studies
Westward Migration, Geography

Students will learn about six western trails people took when traveling across the American West during the mid-1800s by 

  • analyzing objects from the Autry Museum 
  • interacting with presenters in chat boxes and polls and  
  • documenting what they learned in guided student response sheets provided by the Autry 

2023 Schedule

Start Date: January 23, 2023

End Date: May 22, 2023 


9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

1:00 pm.. - 2:00 p.m.

Autry Education Webinar Sign-ups


The Trails West webinar will introduce students to six of the western trails that people took when traveling across the American West during the mid-1800s. Students will discover how and why people traveled to the American West as they learn about each of these trails. Ideal for students in upper elementary grade levels. 


CA HSS 4.3.2 
CA HSS 5.8.1 
CA HSS 5.8.2  
CA HSS 5.8.3 
CA HSS 5.8.4 

Webinar Resources 

Webinar Student Response Sheet: Trails West Webinar Student Response Sheet; Fillable

Webinar Pre-Lesson: Trails West Map Analysis

Webinar Post-Lesson: Six Trails West

Links to Associated Resources 

Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:

Dean and Laura Beresford · Molly and Neal Brockmeyer · Vince and Colleen Caballero · Capital Group · David F. Eisenberg · The Georgina-Fredrick Children's Foundation · Christy McAvoy · Marleen and Bruce Rognlien · Robert E. Ronus · Brenda and Gary Ruttenberg · The Steinmetz Foundation · Virginia F. Stevenson · Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Located northeast of downtown, across from the Los Angeles Zoo.
Map and Directions

Free parking for Autry visitors.

Tuesday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Food Trucks are available on select days, contact us for details at 323.495.4252.
The cafe is temporarily closed until further notice.