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National Oregon / California Trail Center

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Address: 320 N 4th St, Montpelier, ID 83254-1256
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+1 208-847-3800

The National Oregon/California Trail Center is at the junction of US 89 at...

The National Oregon/California Trail Center is at the junction of US 89 at 320 North 4th Street. The Trail Center Depicts the 2000-mile trek on the Oregon Trail in "Living History Tours." A wagon master guides visitors through an interactive tour that includes a ride in a simulated covered wagon ride. The rails and trails museum within the center displays artifacts, diaries, relics and pioneer memorabilia of Bear Lake Valley.Living history tours 10-5, May-September or by appointment in groups of 15 or more.

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A must see!

We were greeted by a very nice younger woman dressed in period dress. They took us on a guided tour, then went on a wagon ride over 1100 miles........so worth it!

Reviewed 3 days ago
Robin H
Cleveland/Sun City, United States

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Cleveland/Sun City, United States
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were greeted by a very nice younger woman dressed in period dress. They took us on a guided tour, then went on a wagon ride over 1100 miles........so worth it!

1 Thank Robin H
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

I guess it was closed/limited in winter, but we talked to the staff and was able to book a tour. It was very fun. Our kids age 14 yrs on down enjoyed it. I highly recommend visiting this museum. Learned a lot!

Thank Jared S
Logan, Utah
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324 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

A lovely facility with friendly, helpful staff, BUT..... We were there in February, the hours are short and much of the building is closed for the season. It would be nice to go there when things are open. I think that it's fully open in April.

1 Thank cachevalley1
Troy, Michigan
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15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

The Oregon Trail Center was fantastic! I felt like I stepped back in time. You must have lunch in a covered wagon. Iced tea is served in adorable Ball glasses. When will you get the chance to do that again?! Kids will like the simulated wagon ride. I found it fascinating that you are literally walking on the dirt path... More 

1 Thank Detroiter1082
Camarillo, California
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Our group stopped at this location for lunch in these adorable chuck wagon designed tables. After lunch, we enjoyed a short production of life on a wagon trail complete with a simulated ride in a wagon.

Thank Wendy C
Montpelier, Idaho
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Wonderful display of railroad relics and pioneer artifacts. It was very interesting. I love hearing about the pioneers and seeing what they wore and how they lived.

Thank Mary Lou S
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

While the exhibit area is free and has several interesting displays, paying for the optional tour experience is well worth it. Not only was the tour very informative but we actually felt like we were transported back in time to the actual Oregon trail... and, as it turns out, we sort of really were!

1 Thank Steven D
Rochester, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Our stop here was a part of our Caravan Bus Tour. We were given a lecture about how the settlers endure the hardship of months on this trail to head out west. Some of the people on our bus tour were a little intimidated by the gentlemen who instructed us about the "white rags". I guess some people were afraid... More 

1 Thank Alain L
Central PA
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Stopped here as part of a bus tour. They seem to get a lot of business this way - not sure how many 'regular tourists' stop here. We had lunch included. Again, not sure if this is normal. The food was good and more than enough to eat. The 'journey' west was well done, taking us from buying supplies to... More 

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Mena, AR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

We stopped here hoping to be informed about the Oregon trail. What we got was a show that was not all that informative, the so called museum was nothing but old trail artifacts not really sure what that has to do with the Oregon Trail. Upstairs was a quilt show.

Luv2TravelOften1, Public Relations Manager at National Oregon / California Trail Center, responded to this review

We're sorry that we did not impress you although we believe you missed the whole purpose of our facility. Thankfully, the high majority of the folks that review us on TripAdvisor disagree with your impression. Did you take the living history tour which makes our facility unique and a labor of love? If you didn't, you missed out on why... More 

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