Emigrants traveling along the Oregon and California Trail would reach a fork in the road called the Parting of the Ways. Those who veered right would head directly west following the shorter Sublette Cutoff route, but they had to be prepared for the fact that it went through the Little Colorado Desert and the lack of water for 50 miles. The other trail headed southwest and was much longer but well-watered. A small sandstone rock, which is not original, marks the the site and has two etched arrows, one pointing right and one left. The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.