This excellent facility opened in Casper in 2002, using state-of-the-art exhibits to give modern travelers an idea of what life on the "road" was like to the emigrants who passed through here in the mid-1800s on the Oregon, Mormon, California, and Pony Express trails. A number of engaging multimedia exhibits cover the pioneer story from the packing of the wagons to the ferrying of the rivers -- the latter is demonstrated by a faux wagon that visitors ride across the Platte River, simulated with motors and a movie. Be sure to take in the informative 18-minute film that tells the trails' history with real-life accounts of pioneers' journeys before the railroad rendered the trails obsolete. The final "exhibit" is the trails themselves, leaving from this spot and marked by BLM markers, for those that want to see a landscape that's changed little in the past 200 years. Allow 2 hours.