Free Children's Admission on July 27 - National Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl!

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
Museum Teacher Program
Grade Level:
Social Studies
Westward Expansion/Migration, Geography

Students will determine how and why people traveled along six western trails across the American West during the mid-1800 by using maps and replica artifacts.

If you are registering several classes, please make a separate reservation for each class (of up to 35 students) per program. 

Complete the School Program Booking Form - CLICK HERE


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 

Field Trip Resources

Field Trip Pre-Lesson: Trails West Map Analysis

Field Trip Post-Lesson: Six Trails West

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 the 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.