The Southern Trails Chapter  of OCTA is a group of people dedicated to the study, preservation, and  enjoyment of emigrant trails across the southwestern United States. Our chapter territory covers virtually the  entire region of the southern route trails , which passed through Oklahoma and Texas to Santa Fe and El Paso, New Mexico, then continued through northern and southern Arizona to California (see “Trail Map” on this website). Our members are dedicated to the study and  preservation of the historic trails comprising southern route.

Our membership is  comprised of everyone from professional historians to folks that just like to  learn about the historic emigrant trails. There are opportunities to learn  about trail locations, mark and map the trails and perform in-depth research of  your own. We invite you to join us, share your passion, help us preserve, and  make new friends with similar interests.


  • $15/year  Individual Membership
  • $20/year  Family Membership (Family members are entitled to two votes on Chapter issues that call  for a vote of membership)
  • $50/year (and up) Sustaining Membership
  • Lifetime  Membership, $200 for Individuals, $300 for family.


 You must be a member of OCTA to join the Chapter and must maintain membership in OCTA if a Chapter lifetime member