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 the 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. You must be a member of the National Oregon-California Trails Association before you can join the regional chapters. Please join National OCTA and our Southern Trails Chapter now.


  • $20/year for Individual or Family Membership
  • $50/year and up for Sustaining Membership to help the chapter
  • National Oregon California Trails Association (OCTA) is $60 a year to join