Pioneers and Covered Wagons (Part 2)

Multimedia Archives, Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah

The rugged terrain in the Rocky Mountains made it hard for the wagons to cross. Fortunately, the lighter weight of the prairie schooners made it easier to navigate the steep mountains. Life on the trail was hard, and most people traveled in groups. They would combine their wagons to form wagon trains, this way they could share their supplies and skills with each other, helping to relieve any issues that may occur. They also could defend themselves against those who wanted to raid the wagons, such as bandits or hostile Native American tribes.