The Mormon Wagon Roads In Southern Nevada: Implications for the History and Archaeology of Early Roads in the Western U.S.

Mormon Mesa Wagon Road

Publication: Preserving the Historic Road Conference,

Author: Jeffrey Baker & Annette Thompson

Date of Publication: September 2014

PDF File: The_Mormon_Wagon_Roads_In_Southern_Nevad.pdf


The Mormon Wagon Road was an outgrowth of the Old Spanish Trail, which itself utilized an existing
network of Native American trails. The Escalante-Dominguez expedition of 1776 was the first attempt by Euro-Americans to journey over Native American trails in southern Utah. At the same time, Francisco Garcés was using Native American trails to explore the Mojave Desert in California. The Native American trails in Nevada were not explored by Euro-Americans until 1826.